Call for Emerging Designers for L.A. Fashion Week Runway Show

Emerging designers will be among the lineup at Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Week during the upcoming Los Angeles Fashion Week in October, thanks to a partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs for the city of Los Angeles.

Together, the two groups will create a runway show for emerging designers during the Oct. 13–15 run of Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Week at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

“Under the leadership of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs is partnering with Downtown L.A. Fashion Week to bolster professional fashion events in downtown Los Angeles,” said Olga Garay, executive director, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, in a statement.“We acknowledge the enormous importance of L.A.’s design and merchandising industry to the economic vitality of L.A. As a vital part of L.A.’s creative economy, the Department of Cultural Affairs is supporting Downtown L.A. Fashion Week in its effort to identify new and emerging design talent.”

To be considered for the show, candidates must have received their design training in Los Angeles and be able to produce 10 looks. Three emerging designers will be chosen by a selection committee that includes “Project Runway” third-season winner Jeffrey Sebelia, designer and retailer Nony Tochterman of Petro Zillia, designer Louis Verdad and Vanessa Gonzalez, who is currently a contestant on “Launch My Line,” Bravo’s upcoming reality show. The deadline for submissions is Aug 28.

For information about the emerging-designers show, contact Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Week producer Leanna Lewis at or at (323) 227-8500.

Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Week is one of several events planned for Los Angeles Fashion Week, which will kick off on Oct. 9 with Gen Art’s Fresh Faces in Fashion show. Other show producers planning to host events are L.A. Fashion Weekend, Muse L.A. (formerly called CoLA Fashion Week), BOXeight and Rock Fashion Week.

Event schedules are still tentative, but as details emerge, and will post listings of all the Los Angeles Fashion Week events.—Alison A. Nieder