IMG has pulled out of the deal with Smashbox Studios for fashion week in LA, but we still are quite interestedin what the sunshine state has to offer. We chose several shows to review from this last outing with IMG:
- Whitley Kros
Marissa Ribisi and Sophia Bank’s collection for L.A. Fashion Week was the definition of laidback West Coast style with slouchy everything. The collection featured nature-inspired graphics including our new favorite– the leopard print, on airy blouses and dresses, and pants sprinkled with bold red flowers. We loved how they mixed formal pieces with casual pieces by pairing things like a blazer with a pajama-like tank and shorts. This youthful line presents the perfect outfits to soak up the sun in.
- Lauren Conrad
While we’re devoted Team Conrad supporters, we found the Lauren Conrad Collection to be very…uninspiring. There was nothing new or inventive about her looks. We’ve seen plain tanks tucked into high waisted skirts before—on Lauren herself. The clothes and the hairstyles made the models look like LC clones. Her saving grace were the embellished headbands, a style that we saw at Diane Von Furstenberg and Alexander McQueen this season, but unfortunately most of them just looked tacky. This reality star needs to step up her game if she wants to be taken seriously in the fashion industry.
- Crispin & Basilio
For Crispin & Basilio, designer Donny Barrios achieved what Lauren Conrad was striving for — he transformed the street style of LC’s beloved tank and high-waisted skirt into a sophisticated and unique look. He used textured metallic and creped fabrics, and added long vests and pretty sheer blouses to the style. Although most of the collection had a New York feel to it, the John Lennon shades gave it some signature L.A. flavor.
— Sarah Ferguson