Can Fashion Week be About All Things L.A.?

A West Coast look is preferred

Jazmin Whitley
Ed Fuentes

At the Los Angeles Fashion Week Grand Finale Party in the Los Angeles Arts District, Fashion designer Jazmin Whitley greets friends and well-wishers before the runway show being held in the Barker Block. The show, and the location, prevented a sterile cliché of what makes L.A.

With a planned splitting of the ways between organizers IMG and Smashbox that was announced last week, the future of where L.A. Fashion week will be held, and when, is up in the air.

The two present locations, where runways and red carpets have been seen in October and March in the last five years, are being reconsidered. Culver City is thought of too mild of a location, and downtown Los Angeles as too quiet in the late night, compared to possible venues that would link Fashion Week to Hollywood and its studios.

Oh, movie glam . . .again?

Of course, the purpose of any Fashion Week is to see the future of clothes, and L.A.  has established a real West Coast fashion aesthetic by locals or imported designers that goes beyond the dream factory. Keep in the former factories, I say.

While those covering Paris, Milan, and New York are too quick to excuse L.A. as the casual denim  crowd, the five-day, 23-show event known has to get its runways legs back or the events behind the scenes, like the parting of the ways, may become more exciting than the fashion.

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