Maybe it’s the blithe promises of Hollywood, that keep so many dreams alive, or maybe it’s just plain perseverance, but Los Angeles Fashion week is still alive, and back for fall 2012 despite IMG, and Smashbox pulling all sponsorship.
Fall 2012 Fashion Week kicked off at Ace Gallery with Installations by Bryan Hearns, Paul Redmond, Mike Vensel, and a Runway show by S&G whose collection is an amalgamation of Spaghetti Western Goth meets Zorro, (they both sport the cool brim leather hat) minus the eye mask.
“ I like the hats,” said a blogger sitting next to me in the front row. It would be criminally foolish to think that despite color being all over the runways in New York and Paris, Los Angeles would follow suit. If S&G’s collection had a signature color, I would say it was black.
Models paraded the catwalk with well tailored skin tight mini-black vests, black cape, sheer unisex black tops, black zip-up jackets, and black skinny leg pants, all hinting with black leather. Appropriately, a Johnny Cash song started blasting from every corner of the room, and here came the long ruffled black skirt.
Black is the new black, and let’s face it folks, its safety net will never be passé’.
Paul Redmond’s installation featured live models dressed in what appeared to be a tribute to Michael Jackson’s red leather jacket. No single glove in sight, but a working iPad was strapped onto a model’s back, as she struck a pose, all the while a model in the back mimicked young Michael Jackson as he appeared in Billie Jean.