At Capsule, we're fortunate enough to have access to a huge pool of West Coast talent; brands like CWST, Parabellum, Lightning Bolt and Industry of All Nations represent just a sampling of designers who make their homes on the Left Coast. But, if you were to judge the vibrancy and viability of the fashion market out West based solely on Los Angeles Fashion Week, you might envision something completely different - at least if the LAFW wrap up in today's WWD is any indication.
Entitled "L.A. Fashion Week Limps On," the reporting team of Marcy Medina and Khanh T.L. Tran minces no words when it comes to the caliber of designers showing at LAFW, who presented primarily "ill-fitting clothes, poor quality and collections that were generally not up to runway standards." Burn.
LA-based retailer Elyse Walker of Forward by Elyse Walker, couldn't muster much enthusiasm for her hometown fashion fair, responding "Do I really have to say?" when WWD asked if she was an attendee. CFDA CEO Steven Kolb was a bit more generous, noting that LAFW was "under discussion" at the CFDA, although it lacked "authenticity of origin."
After New York, Paris, Milan, London and increasingly relevant secondary markets like Seoul and Copenhagen, is Los Angeles Fashion Week something anyone really wants or needs anyway?
Well, yes, apparently, according to both Dubai's Dar Sara and Stephanie Lampkin of bridal line Odylyne The Ceremony. While a spokesperson for Dar Sara reported "10 stylists" in attendance at their show, some of whom pulled looks for the CMA's and the AMA's, Lampkin claims she got over 500 new Instagram followers following her presentation.
No word yet on how their Facebook friends fared.