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Andrew Asch

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Wolk Morais Shows Collection 2

Wolk Morais

Evening gowns with denim, floral jacquard bra tops, mesh neoprene. These were a few looks from the Wolk Morais label’s Collection 2. A runway show for the brand took place on Nov. 9 in West Hollywood, Calif.

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Jeremy Scott Party for Longchamp

It was anniversary time for designer Jeremy Scott and the French luxury house Longchamp.

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Dyer & Jenkins Pops at Hemingway & Sons

After raising seed money on Kickstarter in Fall 2013, the Dyer & Jenkins brand has blossomed into a working label in downtown Los Angeles. On Nov. 5, it produced a pop-up shop at Silver Lake men's shop Hemingway & Sons.

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Tokidoki Celebrates 10

A grim reaper character – but cute! That’s what Simone Legno was drawing more than a decade ago. It later turned into a serious business. The Tokidoki brand celebrated its 10th anniversary with Nov. 5 party at The Well in downtown Los Angeles. Take a look!

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Baddie Winkle X Brian Lichtenberg at Kitson

What first began as a goof is now an Internet sensation and …a capsule collection by pop-culture provocateur Brian Lichtenberg. Witness the Baddie Winkle X Brian Lichtenberg collection. A party was held for it at Kitson in West Hollywood on Nov. 5.

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Nü Denmark Opens at Sunset Plaza

Danish brand Nü Denmark opened its first U.S. store recently at West Hollywood's exclusive Sunset Plaza shopping district. We went to a debut party for the boutique. Take a look!

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PSC Pops at Liberty

Pocket Square Clothing has focused on the details in men's clothing - think pocket squares and ties. But for a holiday pop-up shop, the Los Angeles label is going big picture. It produced a holiday pop-up shop with a bunch of emerging men's brands at Concept 8366 1/2 in Los Angeles. A debut party was held for it on Nov. 5.

October Sales Tough

Retail

Business for most retailers fell short of Wall Street forecasts, according to analysts such as Ken Perkins of Retail Metrics, a Boston-area market-research firm.

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Curvy Couture: In the Adaption Biz

Curvy Couture

Los Angeles’ Curvy Couture label is on a mission to open lingerie fashion to plus-sized women.

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Westside Doyenne To Gritty Los Angeles St.

Elyse Walker in DTLA

Elyse Walker is best known for running an influential, self-named boutique in Los Angeles’ exclusive Pacific Palisades neighborhood, but she is making news in downtown Los Angeles, which is a long freeway trip away from the Palisades. Walker recently opened a new design office and showroom for the fashion lines she designs in the rapidly changing district of downtown.

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Xmas Tree Lighting at Citadel – Nov. 7

The Back-to-School season seems just to have ended, but it might as well be time to start wrapping Christmas presents. The Citadel Outlets, just outside of downtown Los Angeles, will be the site of the lighting of a 115-foot-tall tree on Nov. 7. Performing at the event will be Disney Channel singing stars Sabrina Carpenter and Laura Marano.

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Current/Elliott’s New Abbot Kinney Boutique

L.A. Brand Current/Elliott opened its own branded boutique at 1132 Abbot Kinney Blvd., adjacent to the new Kit and Ace boutique recently.

Overcoming the Challenges to Cotton

Manufacturing

Cotton is crucial for the development of much of the world’s clothing, but a handful of groups have been warning apparel companies that a number of issues challenge the global cotton supply, and major apparel companies have been listening.

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T-Shirt Trends for Spring 2016

T-shirt Trends

The motto for forecasting T-shirt trends for teenagers and young women might as well be “Here today, gone tomorrow,” said Barbara Fields, president of the Barbara Fields Buying Office in Los Angeles.

Caruso’s Carlsbad Shopping Center Delayed

Retail

The plan to build a Caruso Affiliated retail center on the banks of a lagoon in Carlsbad, Calif., has hit a snag. On Oct. 27, opponents of the project gathered enough signatures to put the project up for a vote by Carlsbad’s residents after the signatures were verified by San Diego County’s Registrar of Voters.

Obituary: Sam Sarpong, model and actor

Fashion

Sam Sarpong, a model for the Tommy Hilfiger brand, a musician and an actor, committed suicide on Oct. 26 by jumping off the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, Calif.

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Kit and Ace To Abbot Kinney

Canadian-brand Kit and Ace opened its first Los Angeles area shop at 1130 Abbot Kinney Blvd. A gala debut party was held Oct. 28 for the 2,400-square-foot shop which mixes contemporary clothing with a sense of a get-together.

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LA Caribbean at Style Fashion Week

The LA Caribbean fashion showcase is back. The runway show devoted to designers with roots in the Caribbean made its sophomore run at Style Fashion Week.

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LASC’s Big Rooftop Halloween Party

It’s Halloween. If you are going to be in West Hollywood on Fright Night, get ready for sharing the street with a host of ghouls and goblins. 500,000 souls typically drop by the small city’s giant Halloween Carnival. For those who want an eagle’s eye view of the mayhem, prominent boutique LASC will host a Fright Night rooftop party in West Hollywood. Boo!

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Lisa Kline Pops

For one night, Lisa Kline opened her first bricks-and-mortar store since shuttering her influential group of stores in 2011.

L.A.’s Arts District to Get New Mixed Use Retail Compound

Retail

Real estate companies Blatteis & Schnur and ASB Real Estate Investments redeveloped parts of Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Los Angeles’s bohemian Venice district, and the companies will take their know-how to another redeveloping neighborhood with the reputation of attracting creative people.

Palo Alto’s Stanford Shopping Center Opens New Area, New Stores

Retail

Simon-owned mall Stanford Shopping Center announced 25 retailers will move into a new section of the Palo Alto, Calif., mall.

Runway Show Producer, Style Fashion Week, Expands Into Trade Show Biz

Trade Shows

After five runs as a solo event, Venue Trade Show’s streetwear grit set up shop with the gowns and sequins of Style Fashion Week.

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Anjé at Style Fashion Week

New York’s Anjé line took its first bow in Los Angeles during Style Fashion Week. Take a look.

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Marco Marco at Style Fashion Week

Sorry, the words tradition, drag queens and go go boys don’t seem to go together. But at Style Fashion Week, it’s become a tradition to produce a runway show for Marco Marco, a Hollywood label specializing in men’s underwear. Check out the mayhem.

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Andre Soriano at Style Fashion Week

When Andre Soriano took the runway at Style Fashion Week on Oct. 15, he went for the glam!

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Mario De La Torre Takes a Bow at Style Fashion Week

Mario De La Torre introduced his self-named Mario De La Torre contemporary line at Style Fashion Week Oct. 15. Take a look!

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Civil Society + Barlis at Style Fashion Week

On Oct. 15, we went backstage and saw some looks from Civil Society and Kenneth Barlis at Style Fashion Week. Check it out.

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Malan Breton At Style Fashion Week

Malan Breton is back in Los Angeles. The former Project Runway cast member produced a 29-look runway show for his Spring Summer 2016 collection at Style Fashion Week on Oct. 14. Los Angeles last saw a Malan Breton runway show for his Spring 2014 collection.

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Maggie Barry at Style Fashion Week

Maggie Barry has designed costumes for almost every rock star from the 1980s on. But when her M8 Urban label took the stage at Style Fashion Week on Oct. 15, the emphasis was her take on streetwear.

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Outerknown Reveals At Wittmore

Below an art installation of salvaged surfboard fins, Kelly Slater’s Outerknown label produced its first U.S. retail event Oct. 15 at the Wittmore boutique in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District.

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Backstage with Adolfo Sanchez at Style Fashion Week

Los Angeles designer Adolfo Sanchez produced a runway show at Style Fashion Week on Oct. 15. We photographed Molly Eskam wearing one of his creations.

LAMM: Seeks Alternative in New Space

Trade Shows

Now in its fifth season, the Los Angeles Men’s Market moved to a new event location in the California Market Center called Space 10B.

Hot Weather Creates Challenges and Opportunities at LA Market

Trade Shows

Unseasonably high temperatures and unusually high humidity greeted buyers and exhibitors attending the recent Spring 2016 Los Angeles Fashion Market, which ran Oct. 12–15 in downtown Los Angeles.

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Claire Pettibone’s Gilded Age

Los Angeles' Claire Pettibone produced an October 8 runway show in New York City. It was for her Fall/Winter 2016 bridal collection called The Gilded Age.

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Freddie Rojas, New Designers At The Fit Runway Show

Freddie Rojas has been doing independent fashion in Los Angeles since 1995. He showed his Spring 2016 line at The Fit - Menswear show at Maker City LA/The Reef near downtown Los Angeles. Sharing the runway show's bill new and emerging designers Rene Camarillo, Lola and BFiii.

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L.A. Fashion Week: Hale Bob & Liberty Garden

Call it Los Angeles Fashion Week’s most stylish housewarming. On Oct. 8, Daniel Bohbot, the founder of the Hale Bob line, welcomed starlets, retailers and fashion people into his new Beverly Hills home, all to see the 2016 Spring/Summer collections for Hale Bob and the new brand Liberty Garden.

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Del Amo’s New Macy’s

Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, Calif. unveiled a massive renovation this week, and Macy’s big revamp called for a new footprint.

Sept. Sales Tough, But Beat Forecasts

Retail

September was a frustrating month for fashion retailers.

Showroom Profile: Blankslate Showroom

New Lines

From London to Los Angeles … with a pit stop in West Palm Beach, Fla. That is part of the business plan of the Blankslate Showroom, which opened at The New Mart for the Spring ’16 LA Fashion Market.

Alternative Closing L.A. Design Lab, Vows To Stay in Calif.

Manufacturing

For about five years, Atlanta-area basics label Alternative ran a design lab in Los Angeles’ Fashion District. However, the more than 20-person office is scheduled to close by the end of the year, said Evan Toporek, chief executive officer of Alternative.

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Business Is Changing at LA Majors Market

LA Majors Market

Traffic was reportedly varied at the Oct. 5–7 run of the Los Angeles Majors Market at the California Market Center. The show is focused on a wide array of product aimed at department stores and chain retailers.

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Revolve Fights Cancer

Online fashion emporium Revolve put together a capsule collection to raise funds for cancer research and the non-profit Stand Up To Cancer. Called SU2C X Revolve, it takes inspiration from 1970s styles.

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Rich Freshman Bespoke: Baby, You’re A Rich, Fresh Man

Meet Rich Freshman Bespoke. The customized clothing service service recently took up residence at The Gents Closet in Hollywood. Rich Freshman, the company's namesake, says that his bespoke suits will make the wearer feel like a rich, fresh, man.

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Shafer’s Bluer Than Indigo Takes A Bow

Jeff Shafer is best known as a designer and manufacturer of denim lines Agave and Bluer. On Sept. 30., he produced a grand opening party for the multi-line store Bluer Than Indigo. Sorry Californians, it's located in Portland, Ore.

Bebe to Cut More Than 50 Jobs

Vertical retailer Bebe Stores Inc. announced Oct. 1 that it would cut 50 jobs, mostly from the company’s design, merchandising and production areas.

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L’Express Presto To Take Over New Mart Snack Bar

The snack bar at The New Mart showroom building in Los Angeles's Fashion District has been empty since June. But a group was named to remodel the snack bar and give it a new menu.

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Factory Direct: Tech & Sourcing Show for Small and Emerging Biz

Factory Direct

Chris Walia had the tables turned on him at Factory Direct, a trade show for technology and sourcing for startups and small businesses.

Forever 21 Sued by Vendor

Retail

A clothing manufacturer recently filed a breach-of-contract suit against trendy, fast- fashion company Forever 21 Inc. The Los Angeles–headquartered retailer intends to become an $8 billion company by 2017, according to a company statement.