The Los Angeles Fashion Council (LAFC) completed its two-day run of shows yesterday at Maker City LA at The REEF (formerly The LA Mart). This season LAFC, spearheaded by powerhouse Kelsi Smith, partnered with Minds + Machines, a Santa Monica-based tech company that owns and operates domain names. Not only did Minds + Machines host the bar during the fashion shows, they set up a social media hub—fwla.fashion—to aggregate Instagram and Twitter posts with the hashtag #FWLA. Art Hearts Fashion showcased more than 30 designers, including Nicole Miller, Sue Wong, and Cary Santiago this week at the Taglyan Complex. Here are a few snaps from some of my favorite shows this week:
I’m a huge fan of LA-based designer Maria Korovilas. Her eponymous line is made from fabrics she creates and her romantic aesthetic is dreamy, pretty, girly, yet sophisticated.
Loved the Diana Ross-meets-1920s film star vibe at the Cary Santiago show.
William Bradley was one of my favorite new discoveries last year and his sophomore collection, which debuted last night, didn’t disappoint. Designer Brad Parnell incorporated grosgrain ribbon into tweed capes and blouses and, in some cases, tied it choker-style around the necks of his models.
Rochelle Carino‘s fall/winter collection was right on trend with ’70s-inspired pieces and military greens. I fell in love with the autumn leaf trench.
Sue Wong did what she does best—diva wear—with gowns and crowns.
And finally…. The award for MOST IMPROVED goes to Sauri, who debuted last year with a minimal collection of cheeky tees and sporty separates. For fall designer Kyle Awtry went with denim and chambray halter dresses, shirts, and culottes. The collection is definitely more polished than last year’s effort and I look forward to seeing where this new designer goes from here.