Los Angeles Fashion Week Yotam Solomon Spring 2009 Photos by Michael Bezjian
Los Angeles Fashion Week Tulle & Cloth Logic Spring 2009 Photos by Frazer Harrison
We're big time fans of chiffon and half expect it from Los Angeles because of the climate, so we were pleased when some of the Amelia Toro designs showed really pretty examples of this fabric. There was red printed maxi dress that was very loud without being tacky, a nude pleated dress that would have been a great day-to-night piece, and a sky blue ultra-feminine dress that would go perfectly with an over-the-top pair of heels. There were some floral prints we could have done without because they looked dated, like Lisa Loeb-era, and also some silhouettes that wrongly evoked the same time period, but aside from that everything was fine. Another nice touch were the striped maxi dresses that we nice a sporty option. Horizontal stripes might scare off some people but in Los Angeles we're guessing they are less likely to avoid such things.
There's a certain kind of woman, we imagine, who shops exclusively at Fred Segal and drives there by way of her old vintage car which will never rust because she lives in a place where the sun is always shinning. Queue, Tulle & Cloth Spring 2009 who offered a mini skirt for every occasion and a color palette on prozac. This collection looks better made than others we've seen this week and will suit that conservative but bubbly kind of girl who also gets her nails done every week and never, never goes tanning. The slim trousers, we have to say, could be inserted in just about any chicster's wardrobe. As for the menswear, the boys matched their female companions by way of sweet knits and simple cardigans. These boys could have been the women's lovers or brothers--it was all too sugarcoated to decipher.
Los Angeles Fashion Week Nonja Mckenzie Spring 2009 Photos by Frazer Harrison
This eco-friendly Spring 09 collection had quite a few pieces we were fond of, most of all, that which was baggy or high waisted. Sure, the clothing was basic and the color palate played into the stereotypes of the eco-friendly aesthetic (i.e. khaki, burgundy, olive) but that really didn't matter in the end. It's wrong to expect everything to be complex in form and brilliant in color--even if it is easier to say those things are "cool". We're guessing that any fashion-forward buyer would know which of these pieces to order, and the collection would seem really fresh on the boutique floor. After all, a Los Angeles woman who wears a 1970's inspired pantsuit, a long striped cardigan, or a belted mini skirt and can call it all eco-friendly is very stylish indeed. If only we saw more of this during Los Angeles Fashion Week...