Fashion Week LA shows start today

Friday, March 9, 2012
By Jennifer Uner

Fall 2012 collections start today with installations and runway presentations at Ace Gallery, produced by the talented and spirited Concept Fashion Week team. Showing at Concept on Friday and Saturday are MIKE VENSEL, HENRY DUARTE, BRYAN HEARNS, PAUL REDMOND, MEMENIC, NUVULA, S&G, CHAMBERS, THAI NUYGEN, CURLY V, BELLE N MATISSE, ELAINE ALLEN, ZUBAUEN, GYPSY JUNKIES, LAILI LAU, NAMI, and JEN AWAD.

One of the most inspired events of the week is a benefit for the A+D Museum with CELEBRATE THE WEARABLE as the gala theme on Saturday, March 10. A runway show at 8pm and live auction of wearable creations by 40+ designers, architects, artists and creators including KARIM RASHID, RICHARD MEIER, TRINA TURK, JONATHAN ADLER, STEWART + BROWN, JOHN BALDESSARI, DIANA ENG, FITZU, LOUISE GREEN MILLINERY, JEAN-CHARLES DE CASTELBAJAC, VALERJ POBEGA and L.A. EYEWORKS make this a must-see for the design-inclined.

On Monday March 12, Style Fashion Week will pick up the ball with a series of runway shows through Friday at Vibiana, one of the most beautiful venues in Los Angeles. Collections on the runway this season include SKINGRAFT, MILA HERMANOVSKI, L’UNE COLLECTION, STOP STARING!, INA SOLTANI, XCVI, FURNE ONE and OCTAVIO CARLIN. The week concludes on Friday with GO RED for Women Celebrity Red Dress Fashion Show for the American Heart Association. These events coincide with Market Week in the showrooms and trade shows (Coeur, Designers & Agents, Focus and more) in the wholesale showroom buildings clustered near the intersection of 9th & Los Angeles streets in the Fashion District.

Peppered throughout the week are the individualists and the pioneers, those who don’t conform to a traditional presentation style or collective venue. Among these is PROJECT ETHOS which has — for many seasons now — inspired both club-goers and the press with presentations of multi-faceted creative talent in Hollywood and now broadcasting on the internet. New this season is an ECOCOUTURE event at the W Hotel, and returning with individual presentations are designers SUE WONG (at her atelier) and LAUREN ELAINE (at the W Hotel.) Plus more emerging designers and fashion happenings populating the fashion calendar daily.

Fashion Week closes with LA Fashion Weekend March 16th-18th, the tented extravaganza at Sunset Gower Studios captained by Mikey Koffman, a fashion industry professional and showroom owner turned reality TV personality and LA Fashion Week impresario. On Friday BETSEY JOHNSON, DINA BAR-EL and VILORIJA will take the runway. Featured brands on Saturday include ASHLEE BROOKS, SARAHI HOUSE OF FASHION, LAHA THE GLAMOROUS GIRL and SKINEEZ SKINCAREWEAR. LA Fashion Weekend has corralled the support of local news KTLA 5 to broadcast the Sunday presentations which have an appropriate reality-celeby-TV bent: GOSSIP GIRL BY ROMEO & JULIET COUTURE inspired by CW’s Gossip Girl, LIZZIE PARKER from the new Fashion Star TV show, and ALEXIS BY TAL SHEYN, designed with Alexis from Real Housewives of Orange County Season 6.

For details, check the Calendar. Please note that most events are INVITE ONLY and not open to the public. Several events DO sell tickets so it is a great way to access the Fashion Week experience if you’re not yet an insider. Follow us on Twitter for the latest news and additions to the schedule.

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