By Dorothy Crouch | April 15, 2021
For its Spring 2021 collection, Johnny Was sought inspiration from desert elements such as the beauty of a warm sunset set against a glorious cool blue sky.
Remembering Jim Watterson
Upon the March 30 death of Jim Watterson in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Los Angeles’ fashion and humanitarian lights dimmed. A graduate of the University of Washington, Watterson was born May 12, 1935, in Seattle, moving to Los Angeles in 1964. A founding male-affiliate member of The Fashion Group International, New York, he joined the May Department Stores Company in 1977, serving 22 years, rising to vice president of public relations and special events.
ART MEETS FASHION BASICS
Andrew Hanson hopes to go beyond labels with Clothing That Speaks, his Los Angeles–based emerging fashion line that made its official debut in January.
After working with brands such as Cult Gaia, Flynn Skye, Genetic Los Angeles and A.L.C., Los Angeles designer Jiyeon Lee is creating her own designs for Shein X, the fast-fashion e-tailer’s program that supports emerging artists.
OC Fashion Week produced its 24th season on March 22 with a group of designers who displayed Spring 2021 styles at The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
The beginning of April ushers in the start of Earth Month and, to celebrate, The RealReal announced a partnership with eight luxury brands to present the inaugural release of pieces from its new ReCollection upcycling program.
Retro in Red
As fashion continues to trend toward the 1990s, Levi Strauss & Co. envisioned a new approach to its Levi’s Red collection, which was released late in the decade, as it relied on silhouettes similar to the original with modern sustainable fabrications.
Remembering Jessica McClintock
Fashion designer Jessica McClintock passed away on Feb. 16, according to a notice that was published March 12 in the SFGate.
On March 25, Odaingerous designer Odain Watson released Drama, a footwear capsule collection. Made in Italy, the line features three styles—a pump, high-top sneakers and military-style boots.
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
During Women’s History Month this March, Magnus Alpha co-founder and Creative Director Hommy Diaz wanted to release a special piece to honor the female caregivers who accept the lifelong task of raising a child. The result was a limited-edition Doily Hoodie that is designed, cut and sewn in Los Angeles.
Cozy knits in flattering yet comfortable silhouettes complemented by rich textures and lighter autumn hues, afford a fashion-forward approach to relaxed garments for Fall 2021, according to trend-forecasting expert Melissa Moylan of Fashion Snoops.
An Open Letter From the Publisher
Looking back on the past year generates feelings of reckoning, fortitude, accountability, forward thinking and survival. In early 2020, the fashion business immediately shifted course to create personal protective equipment for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as for the public.
Looking back on his 16 years in business, Blayne Siegel, president and founder of Kinetix Casual Luxury, is grateful for his long journey to veteran status in the space of creating luxurious T-shirts and other relaxed styles.
Fashion on Film
In lieu of a New York Fashion Week presentation, Kevan Hall told the story of an optimistic future surrounding his latest collection as he directed a film titled “Together Again,” which premiered Feb. 16 on the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Runway360 platform.