Los Angeles Fashion Week came to a close on Sunday inside a 7,000-square-foot soundstage in Hollywood, flanked by large-scale projections and drenched in the sound of tiptoeing percussion.
As the last model exited the runway and the designers took a bow, guests were left to sit with the looped background of waves lapping gently on the shore and the stark nothingness of an arid desert. Soon enough, we were gestured to leave. That’s it. It’s all done — finito.
I’ll be honest; It was tough to separate with this world Demobaza — a post-apocalyptic, post-socialist Bulgarian brand helmed by duo Demo and Tono — created for its spring-summer collection, but in a way, it was also a fitting ending to the newly reimagined LA Fashion Week, which was filled with so much visual dazzle.
But first, some background: Earlier this year, LA Fashion Week was acquired by N4XT Experiences, marking a distinct shift in the way the organization has done things in the past few years. The biggest change perhaps was the location. Frequent fashion-week goers know that LA Fashion Week — or the one that Mayor Eric Garcetti declared the city’s official fashion week, anyway — and its festivities typically unfurled at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard.
This time around, the four-day extravaganza of runway shows, fireside chats, panels and parties was spread out across a handful of different venues: Citizen News, The West Hollywood and The Hangar, with the Lighthouse ArtSpace acting as its main playground. Anyone who’s ever walked through the “Immersive Van Gogh” experience knows the technical wizardry the venue is capable of — and why it made for a perfect, versatile backdrop.
More importantly, however, was the fashion. Every fashion week welcomes a new slate of fresh talent to watch. This season at LA Fashion Week, our eyes were on both homegrown and international designers. These collections gave us greater depth in understanding fashion as an art form, and excelled in marrying the event’s four pillars: fashion, beauty, technology and sustainability. Here were a few standout moments.