Veterans and Newbies Join Forces at L.A. Fashion Week

For one week in fall, the Smashbox studios in Culver City are abuzz with the latest fashions. Last week was no exception as over 20 of Los Angeles’ best designers displayed their Spring 2009 collections at the Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week.
The designers varied from newcomers such as Lauren Conrad to Fashion Week veterans like Christian Audigier or Ed Hardy. There were also several swimsuit collections, such as The Beach Bunny Swimwear collection, which debuted several great swimwear pieces, ranging from a black babydoll cover-up to a sexy white nautical inspired bikini. D’Amore by Marceau also featured swimwear, but his line featured cutout one-pieces as opposed to sticking with just bikinis.
The big names and big talent debuted later in the week, as designers including Nonja Mckenzie and Christian Audigier for Ed Hardy displayed their collections. Mckenzie showed her line of 1970s-inspired pieces, which ranged from beaded mini dresses to bright orange and sunshine-yellow one-piece jersey jumpsuits. She also displayed a shiny lamé wrap dress that looked like liquid silver on the runway. Audigier for Ed Hardy also displayed his Street Fame collection, which featured eclectic pieces with a signature rock’n’roll edge. Highlights of the line included a pink shirtdress paired with sporty thigh-high socks and a plaid men’s jacket embroidered with Ed Hardy patches. His models also strutted down the runway wearing shutter glasses made famous by Kanye West.
Debuting her collection for the first time at Los Angeles Fashion Week was Lauren Conrad, more commonly known as “L.C.” from her show “The Hills.” Her Lauren Conrad collection featured pieces with classic tailoring, sticking to a palette of mostly navy blue, white and brown. She featured a navy blue mini dress with a sweetheart neckline that should be in every girl’s closet. Conrad also had her version of the classic “Little Black Dress”: a short, swingy black tube dress. She also featured black high-waisted shorts that looked classy and elegant when paired with loose, flowing tops.
It was a showcase of new talent, along with old-time favorites, that gave Los Angeles a dazzling and unique new wardrobe.