It's Time to Reconsider Los Angeles Fashion Week (LAFW)
"It's long overdue. It's about time."
Yes, we're talking about LAFW. Or is it Style Fashion Week? Or is it Fashion Week Los Angeles?
I am here to put the record down once and for all. There's only one Los Angeles Fashion Week that is recognized both city and state-wide: LAFW. Hopefully, this puts all your confusion to rest.
Let's get into the heart of the matter.
As an official ambassador for LAFW this SS17, I had both a bird's eye view and intimate access to the shows, designers and brand partners. It takes a village to put something like this together, as all the backstage magic and production of shows happen in one cohesive space. The energy was humming vibrantly throughout the week, similar to most fashion weeks taking place around the globe. The hairstyles, the make up, absolutely slayed the runway — thanks to the artistry and genius of the LuxeLab team.
But it didn't stop there, there is a palpable international sensibility. LAFW, for its SS17 season, culled and curated talent from the world over -- specifically Hong Kong, Indonesia and even Russia. This is due in part to a unique partnership with the Consulate General of Indonesia (Los Angeles) to highlight up and coming designers in the region. It also speaks volumes about the importance of the LA market within the fashion industry.
Undeniably, my favorite designers reigned from LA: Samsara, Ashton Michael and Sav Noir all left me completely breathless. Their designs continued to push the envelope of the future of unisex fashion while staying true an avant garde aesthetic that is so personal to each respective designer.
LAFW SS17 Designer Highlights
Perhaps, more importantly, is how inclusiveness and diversity are so openly embraced on the LAFW SS17 runways. For instance, this Bezgraniz Couture show that highlighted models with differently-abled physiques.
It's about time that we take a second look at LAFW in one of the biggest metropolis, one of the most significant luxury designer markets and home to the likes of Rodarte, James Perse, Tadashi Shoji and BCBG Max Azria. Or we can keep avoiding it like the giant elephant in the room, where there’s always been a passionate interest in what LAFW has to offer. The decision is yours to make, but for the rest of us, we’re all on board the LAFW train with no regrets. Bon voyage, suckers!