By Andrew Asch | April 21, 2015
The State of California set a goal of recycling and composting 75 percent of its solid waste by 2020. Looks like H&M is helping out with that goal. People can drop off old/unwanted clothing and textiles at any H&M store. In return, participants will receive 20 percent off of their next H&M purchase.
A cute doodle can go a long way. In the case of Japanese pop-art brands, clothing lines and business empires can be made out of them. For Elisabeth Rosenwasser, cute scribbles she made in college turned into Squibblez, a proto-collection. Squibblez showed a preview of its line March 22 at the Astroetic Studio in downtown Los Angeles.
Athletic giant Nike teamed up with designer Chitose Abe, founder of the Japanese brand Sacai, to launch Nike x Sacai, a new collaboration that adds a fashionable twist to athletic apparel.
In 2010, The Stylist Project art series by Kimberly Brooks made a debut. It piqued the interest of a lot of L.A. fashion people because it offered portraits of some denizens of the Los Angeles fashion scene such as Rose Apodaca and Rachel Zoe. Five years later, Brooks is back to fashion. On March 19, she dropped by the Cooper Design Space which held a reception for her Thread & Bone art installation for the showroom building’s Gateway Gallery.
The Dripped Fashion Soiree produced the biggest gala of its multi-year run on March 18. More than 500 people checked out runway shows from four emerging designers at Dripped, which showcases new designers with an underground edge.
Va Va Voom Glam Factory introduced a sprawling 10,000 square foot showroom in Los Angeles' Warehouse District on March 18, and showed its new Summer/Holiday '15 high end dress line.
The LA Fashion Market, which wraps up March 19, is a good excuse to throw a party. Austere, located at 912 S. Hill St. just a couple of blocks away from the showroom buildings where the Fashion Market is going on, held a reception March 17 for collections from emerging designers. With treats such as wine and chocolate being served, revelers got to see new looks by brands by Cuero & Mør, Echo + Air, Jill Aiko Yee and Stella Proseyn.
After five years of doing art for RVCA, Michelle Blade collaborated with the brand to do a capsule collection. It is called Michelle Blade for RVCA Spring/Summer 15, and it is based on her watercolors.
LASC has long served the city of West Hollywood as a place for men’s fashion and a place to party. It produces major events such as the boutique’s famous Halloween and Gay Pride parties. But this good retail citizen has embraced a Radical Element. New men's brand, Radical Element took a bow at LASC on March 14.
Long Tall Sally is a retail chain specializing in fashion for women 5’8” and up.
Look toward the top of Cooper Design Space in Los Angeles’ Fashion District. There’s the U.S. Flag proudly flying the red, white and blue…and a purple flag with a greyish, blue peace sign flying under it. The peace flag has been flying above the Cooper showroom building since beginning of the year, said Steve Hirsh, the general manager of the building
With the motto ‘Clothing without prejudice,’ the Cross Colours brand started business in 1989 as hip hop started to be taken seriously as a cultural force. The brand which was recently re-introduced to the fashion market, was honored March 12 by some of the many people it influenced at a Los Angeles Fashion Week event in downtown Los Angeles. We heard some hip hop, saw some Cross Colours clothes and witnessed a lot of fashion imagination. Take a look.
When Jen Awad started showing her self-named line at different LA Fashion Week events since 2009, the designer was making clothes with a punk and ‘70s glam vibe. It was exactly what a woman who also gigs with rock bands should be designing. But she changed sides. Jen went disco. We found out the reasons why at her ConceptLA fashion show on March 7.
For Elaine Allen, L.A. Fashion Week was a place to make a debut. She showed her Elaine Marie line at the ConceptLA fashion event on March 7.
Public TV station KCET has a video released to coincide with Otis College of Art and Design's report on the creative economy that really demonstrates the scope of the industry’s impact—and takes viewers behind the scenes of two local companies.
L.A. has been agog over high end vintage and pre-loved clothes for years. CeCe Hendriks made a career with selling reclaimed, high end clothes for the juniors, ranging from infants to 14-years-old. On March 11, she held a party for the new shop, located at 8178 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. Take a look.