Underground celebs and designers made their way to the Oct. 18 opening of the Skingraft designer label’s new flagship at the corner of 8th & Spring St. in downtown Los Angeles. For many it was the underground store party to be seen, but for Jonny Cota, founder of Skingraft, the new shop represented a new statement for the leather and avant garde - fashion label. “This is the brand grown-up,” Cota said of the new flagship for the label which has frequently produced runway shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, and back-in-the day when MBFW was in L.A
We live in a casual world. Thanks to Silicon Valley, malls filled with basics brands and changing dress codes, Jeans and hoodies work in almost any situation. But the designers who appeared at The Scotch Sartorial on Oct. 19 want to present an alternative.
For her new collaboration, Cheyann Benedict found inspiration in Florida. Specifically, inspiration was found in the art town of Santa Rosa Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast. It’s the headquarters of Coastal Road, an accessories label which specializes in a unique digital printing method on leather bags. At an intimate Oct. 18 gathering at the Cheyann Benedict boutique, Benedict and Coastal Roads’ Christie Casillo unveiled the collaboration where Benedict’s lava design was printed on an a Coastal Road clutch. The lava print dress and the clutch can be purchased at www.coastalroad.net and at the Cheyann Benedict boutique. Voila.
The Ministry of Supply brand recently moved into the Los Angeles pop-up space curated by the Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs trade show. The brand aims to mix elements of activewear and officewear into the emerging men’s brand. The pop-up is scheduled to run until Oct. 26
After years of producing fabulous runway shows at Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Miami, Wildfox planned to pack all of its galm in its first flagship store in the Sunset Plaza boutique district. Check out pictures of the Oct. 16 debut party.
Keep-A-Breast has partnered with various action sports fashion labels to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. On Oct. 16, it held a bowling event in Santa Monica for its #CheckYourSelfie initiative. It asks women to post a clothed selfie picture, placing three fingers to their breast to symbolize a monthly commitment to check for breast cancer.
Nick Waterhouse is a pretty groovy guy. Plays a Van Morrison-esque, rockin' blue-eyed soul, got that clean-cut Buddy Holly/Marshall Crenshaw rockabilly look. GQ did a blog about him this summer. True to the fashion angle, he played The Foundation showroom at the Cooper Design Space in downtown L.A on Oct. 16. It was a celebration for a Tanner Goods/Danner Goods footwear collab.
Shop till you drop. You hear that every day. But Citadel Outlets near downtown L.A. wants you to shop till you drop for a cause. Check out the 9th Annual Shopping Extravaganza on Oct. 18.
The Shopping Block comes to Brea Mall on Oct. 18. This event collaboration between Brea Mall Owner Simon and Refinery 29 will produce beauty bars, a stylist concierge, a “DIY” station and millenials to kibbitz over next year’s fashions.
Buyers ranging from major retailers such as Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom to key specialty stores and e-tailers such as ShopBop, Ron Herman, Fred Segal and Beckley turned out for the recent run of Los Angeles Fashion Market, which was spread across multiple showroom buildings and several returning and new trade shows.
After working as a senior buyer at American Rag, a head designer at Joe’s Jeans and a director of merchandising at Planet Blue, the next step for Jennifer Althouse was to open a high-end, multi-brand women’s boutique in downtown Los Angeles.
Style Fashion Week kicked off its Spring 2015 runway shows on Oct. 15 with an epic 76-look production by Sue Wong. Wong, a veteran Los Angeles, couture and eveningwear designer, reached to the world of fantasy for the collection’s theme: Fairies & Sirens. According to the show’s program, the theme represents something of the yin and yang in every woman.
Bob McKnight, founder of surf giant, Quiksilver Inc., will retire from his position as executive chairman of the Huntington Beach, Calif.–based company
The Wet Seal Inc. announced on Oct. 14 that it would eliminate 78 jobs as part of the beleaguered retailer’s cost-savings plan.
Marco Morante, the costume designer for Britney Spears and a brigade of other celebs, produced a runway show for his MarcoMarco line of underwear at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 14 The MarcoMarco line was just one part of the show. Taking the runway was a vertiable revue of drag queens with names like Mayhem Miller and GiGi Gorgeous on the runway. Since I cannot put it in a more hilarious way than Marco, you're going to have to read his letter to Anna Wintour in the show's program. It's in the blog!
There’s been a much ballyhooed renaissance of high-end boutique retail in still gritty downtown Los Angeles during the past 18 months or so. Now it looks like contemporary retail is coming to the burgeoning enclave. Gap, the biggest specialty store on the globe, is coming to downtown Los Angeles.
The International Fashion Tour plans to produce runway tours of international designers in various U.S. cities in 2015, but on Oct. 13, this runway with wheels held a preview show at the California Market Center, featuring the looks of Pia Gladys Perey, Charles Cua and Melchor Guinto.
The Robert Talbott label has been on the move. Earlier this year, the elegant label rolled out a handful of shop-in-shops across the country. It recently announced that its Fall ’14 menswear collection will be sold at four Neiman Marcus locations and at Neiman Marcus. Stay classy!
It was a perfect California day, shorts and T-shirt weather on Oct. 12, but it still felt like the right time to view the stylish coats at the North American debut of the Max Mara’s Heritage Project Installation.
Since 2010, Maxwell Dickson has been quietly running an art gallery in a building-full of fashion showrooms at California Market Center in Los Angeles, but the low key profile took a break on Oct. 11. Dickson put his self-named Maxwell Dickson gallery at the center of a gala Oct. 11 for the Pink Tie Affair, at Suite C919 of the CMC. One of the main activities for the night was an auction for his contemporary art to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care & Research Fund.
It’s not just L.A. Fashion Week. It’s also Metropolitan Fashion Week! This fashion event was hosted by Mood Designer Fabrics in L.A. The runway is in the store window.
Designer Gilbert Chagoury made a splash by designing red carpet gowns and eveningwear in Los Angeles, mostly sold at his atelier on 8378 Melrose Ave. Recently, he got into the ready-to-wear game. He placed several pieces at ScoopNYC at its Beverly Hills location and its online store
Gucci unveiled its remodeled emporium at 347 N. Rodeo Dr. recently. It’s the first of a few highly anticipated store remodels that will take a bow on Rodeo.
Uniqlo has been opening flagship stores all over Southern California, and on Oct. 10, the Japanese retailer held a pre-opening shopping event at its new Beverly Center flagship in Los Angeles
The Amanda Shi line took a bow with a soiree for the elegant line at pioneering retailer American Rag on Oct. 10.
New ownership usually means change for any company. Following the recent announcement that U.K. company UBM PLC will acquire Advanstar for $972 million, many in the industry wondered what changes were in store for the trade show giant, whose shows include MAGIC, Project and Coterie.
September looked good for retail sales, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Economists for the NRF, the largest retail trade group in America, forecast good business for the crucial holiday season. NRF released a forecast on Oct. 7 that predicts sales in November and December will increase 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion.
LA Majors Market
Business for the juniors and department store–focused LA Majors Market, which ran Oct. 6-8 at the California Market Center, was brisk, according to the market’s vendors.
Spring 2015 Fashions
Predictions and observations on next year’s juniors fashions that came out of the Barbara Fields Spring-Summer 2015 Trend Presentation on October 6-8.
For Karyn Kim, the questions all designers should ask themselves can be boiled down to a few Ws.
Glenn Murphy, Gap Inc.’s chief executive officer and chairman, announced his resignation from the company on Oct. 8.
Expect a good Holiday season, according to a National Retail Federation forecast.
Rachel Zoe styled looks for high profile women such as Nicole Richie, Britney Spears and Kate Beckinsale before launching her own media vehicles such as Bravo program The Rachel Zoe Project. On Oct. 9, Zoe will be at South Coast Plaza in Orange County to helm the Live the Look Fall trend presentation runway show.
Alternative gained notice for designing sustainable clothing at its Los Angeles studio. Recently, Alternative designed some soft tees to raise funds for Art of Elysium
Steven H. Benrubi, the long-serving chief financial officer of The Wet Seal Inc., resigned from the struggling juniors retailer.
It was announced on Sept. 30, that eBay Inc., the pioneering e-commerce market headquartered in San Jose, Calif., that had revenues of $4.4 billion in its second quarter of 2014, intends to spin off its PayPal division, which handles one in every $6 spent online, according to a PayPal statement.
San Francisco–based Amour Vert’s creative director, Linda Balti was invited to become a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America
The styles inspired by the scene at the CBGB nightclub in mid-1970s New York, one of the world’s first punk clubs, made a big impact on global fashion, but the club closed in 2006. Los Angeles–based branding and licensing company Epic Rights plans to make CBGB a notable fashion name in the current era.
Boot Barn Holdings, a western apparel and footwear retailer headquartered in Irvine, Calif., wants to go public.
For 15 years, Erica Dee Thomas believed that success for her series ofboutiques, came from being community fixtures, places where fashion people could gather. Now she believes the path to success goes through her clients’ doorsteps.
Christian Azzinaro has logged 10-years in L.A. fashion with repping his lines The Odds and Mint Currency, along with being a design consultant. His next project? His self-named line Christian Azzinaro. The first collection of the Christian Azzinaro line will be called Luna, and it is inspired by science fiction and men’s ready-to-wear
Roving market Northern Grade will take its traveling show of Made In USA men’s fashions and products, and make a stop downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District on Oct. 4-5.
Advanstar Communications Inc., producer of the biannual MAGIC Marketplace trade shows in Las Vegas, the biggest apparel trade show in North America, announced on Oct. 1 that it will be acquired for $972 million, by London-based media company and events producer UBM PLC.
The Wet Seal Inc. created a new position, chief digital officer, to increase its e-commerce, which is one of the brightest spots if its business.
Jeremy Steenblik and his partners have run the G-Star boutique on Los Angeles' Melrose Avenue for 10-years. He tells us a little about what got his boutique through good---and bad times.
The LA Men’s Market trade show forecasts growth and filling a unique niche when it rolls out its first-anniversary show at the Area 4 section of the California Market Center Oct. 13–14.
Cities all over California are discussing or taking legislative steps toward raising minimum wages, which could add a few more dollars to sales staffs’ paychecks—or drive retailers out of business, depending upon whom you ask.
Call it a forecast come true. Since the beginning of this year, blogs and interviews with Jean Touitou noted that his highly anticipated A.P.C. boutique was scheduled to open in downtown Los Angeles. Recently, a public note confirmed that the French denim and ready-to-wear boutique will open in downtown's fashion district.
While another Los Angeles Fashion Week is scheduled to run next month, Michaela Mendiola of the Suitably Enough fashion label in the Los Angeles area produced a runway show for her fashions in Vancouver Fashion Week in British Columbia. Here’s a couple of looks.