Fashion talks; it can scream, coyly suggest, banter. It can draw parallels, emphasize a shift in the world, and push it forward. It can also be a source of joy, confidence, and creativity.
In Los Angeles, this came into clear focus during Los Angeles Fashion Week, a twice-yearly event held by tradition at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The three-day affair brought together an impossibly wide range of styles on the same strip of brightly illuminated runway: the dramatic elegance of Puey Quiñones, the thunderous color of Jimmy Paul’s work. Each told a vastly different story through cut, color and fabric. Each collection, a different expression. Each, a different emotion.
But in their differences, there’s connective tissue. Common threads, if you will. This year, sustainability was at the center of the conversation. Long a topic of fervent discussion in the industry, now more than ever, consumers are looking to designers and brands for their ethical credentials. From Humans to MM Milano, designers at Los Angeles Fashion Week drove the point of reuse, reduce and recycle home in a way that felt like more than just tick-box exercise. They also highlighted the importance of representation, celebrating various ethnic backgrounds, genders and sexuality, and championing diversity of size and skin color on the runway. Taken together, these works represented a snapshot of the way we interact with fashion today — and what we demand of it.
But this year’s shows did something else, too. They created worlds for us to immerse ourselves in, if only for five minutes at a time. Demobaza cast us to a barren, futuristic moonscape. Andrew James sent us to a post-apocalyptic, scorched-earth fantasy, and Jimmy Paul reminded us of honeyed childhood dress-up dreams. Every one of these collections opened a window to parallel universes that transported and moved us emotionally. So, in case you missed fashion week, here are some standout moments.