LA Fashion Week IS ALMOST HERE!

So after watching New York, London and Paris fashionistas do their thang at their respective fashion weeks, finally fellow Los Angeles fashion lovers our time is almost here! So, ok we are not going to have Chanel, Burberry or even Marc Jacobs participate but in the spirit of LA fashion, that is just fine.

LA Fashion Week is more about celebrating the styles that ┬ámake LA Fashion whimsical, sassy, genuine and unique. Don’t get me wrong, in LA we love our labels but we also love using fashion as means of expressing ourselves and our individual spirit as well.

I couldn’t be more thrilled to actually get to enjoy a show this year! (In past years I’ve volunteered behind the scenes at the Vibiana.) This year I’ll be attending the Project Ethos event, which is a runway, art exhibit and runway all in one.

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So naturally I’m doing my research and seeing who is all participating. In doing research I’ve stumbled upon an AMAZING shoe collection that reminds me of an eco friendly version of Jeffrey Campbell. The collection is by an up and coming 22 year-old, Los Angeles based designer Deandri. The label, which includes clothing, shoes and jewelry takes classic fashion favorites and has added a unique twist to it. Case in point, check out their clear oxford. OMG! Can I get 3?! This label definitely captures the spirit of Angeleno’s tendancies to embrace classics and re-imagine them with spirit.

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Is it Tuesday yet?

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New York Fashion Week 2013

Whelp, New York Fashion Week has come to a conclusion and now it is time for the fashion power houses to strut their stuff in London.

And what did we learn from New York Fashion Week? Well for starters, it appears as though once the leaves start falling from the trees we are going to see tons of navy, lots of leather, and fur trimmed outerwear. Also, to remind us of the season immediately following, lots of winter white. And who says you can’t wear white after Labor Day?

Some of my favorite runway presentations were the following:

BCBG MaxAzria had a beautiful show case. From bold prints to sheer overlays, everything about this collection was true to the brand, and also brought something memorable to the runway. Again, sheer, floor length top anyone? I know Christmas is almost a year away but I will most certainly be asking Santa Clause for some of BCBG’s leg warmers.

So pretty! So fun! So couture! My favorite runway piece from New York Fashion Week Fall 2013. Stunning piece by BCBG

So pretty! So fun! So couture! My favorite runway piece from New York Fashion Week Fall 2013. Stunning piece by BCBG

Marc Jacobs had a stunning presentation, as always. One of things I love most about Marc Jacobs is he never deviates from his own style. Bold prints, and unique use of color blocking are as signature to Jacobs as cherry red souls to Christian Louboutin. My favorite runway debuts were his cherry and crimson red color blocked mod dresses.

Loved Marc Jacobs' use of the best shades of red!

Loved Marc Jacobs’ use of the best shades of red!

My most favorite presentation for this season though was the collection by Rachel Zoe. Quite literally I believe my jaw dropped with every piece that walked down the runway. I loved several things about her collection. The first being her use of taupe, and white. There is something about taupe leather that makes my heart go a flutter. Unlike other designers who are typically known for creating very feminine pieces and deviated slightly from that for this seasons collection, Zoe discovered a perfect way to incorporate the dreariness and very structured trend that usually radiates from fall collections and made it girly. For example, an a line skirt with pleats, structured yet feminine, and a solution to the girly girl’s overly structured problem. Loved her sequined sweaters, and fur trimmed plaid outerwear pieces. Long story short, I just loved everything about this presentation.

This sequined cardi was one of my favorite pieces by Rachel Zoe to waltz down the runway.

This sequined cardi was one of my favorite pieces by Rachel Zoe to waltz down the runway.

The runway that broke my heart with disappointment was Betsey Johnson. Seriously, I’m sighing as I’m typing this. Don’t get me wrong, I love Betsey. I love that a woman of that mentality, who adores pink and sparkles as much as I do is a runway veteran and still does cartwheels on the cat walk. But work out wear? Really? The collection looked uninspired and prepared last minute. Bring back the pretty dresses! I have no doubt, next time will be better because really, it could not possibly get any worse.

While I don't love the Betsey Johnson workout apparel, I could see myself loving her work out accessories.

While I don’t love the Betsey Johnson workout apparel, I could see myself loving her work out accessories.

Usually when Fall officially arrives, I embrace it lovingly because that means Starbucks is once again serving Pumpkin Spice lattes and I can once again wear large cozy sweaters and cute scarves. But alas, that is what I’ve been wearing for the past 3 months and I am ready for Summer. But I’m glad I know what to shop for post Labor Day.