As Los Angeles’ fashion week rolled along, there was something for everyone — rockers, glam queens and hipster misses, alike.
This story first appeared in the November 6, 2002 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
At Downtown Standard — or party central — Yohanna Logan’s Shawn girl went all out pretty in punk, with lots of chains and rocker buttons. A world away, in a warehouse on the outskirts of Chinatown, Nikolaki’s globetrotting lady pulled out a pretty strapless blouson dress or two made of airy, printed cotton voile brocade, then some Grecian goddess minidresses and finally, Thirties glamour looks.
After years of catering to personal clients and costuming gigs, Jessica Moss is wholesaling her lady looks reconstructed from vintage with some new elements — a gray wool suit was trimmed in pink and gray striping from a moo-moo and a mint green leather corset was embellished with a vintage lily pad appliqué. At Private by Freddie Rojas, the designer funked things up with lots of gray fleece worked into low-rise pants and tiered skirts laced up with pink ribbon.
Susana Mercedes rolled out her silk, chiffon and voile sirenwear at the Sowden House in Los Feliz for her debut collection. Of note were the high-waisted tap pants paired with cropped blouses and back-slit romantic coats in groups of black, red and cream. Jennifer Nicholson’s “Love Letters” also summoned old-world glamour, by way of the Riviera with bright ruffled minidresses, sherbet-hued satin slips and bold shell and wave prints. Years after starting out in ravewear, Atousa’s club girls are all grown up now, preferring to dance into the night in metallic tweed hot pantsuits and charmeuse minidresses.
The highlight of Fashion Business Incorporated (FBI), a local nonprofit organization supporting local designers, was the tablecloth skirts and ribbon-trimmed camis from Notice. Also of note was (Un)Designed’s crinkled cotton hoodies paired with reverse seamed A-line skirts, and Rigged Tee Shirt Couture, a cult favorite of local stylists, gave the classic tube dress a makeover with laced-up sides.
Another nonprofit-eer was Coalition of Los Angeles Designers (CLAD) which included Eisbar, who put a new spin on army looks with diagonal bands of sueded fabric, Mona and Company’s pretty tissue silk shirts and fitted kimono jackets and Mhope’s poke at the Fifties with a fuchsia silk tweed house dress and apron skirt. And rounding out the collective shows was the Los Angeles Independent Designers (L.A.I.D.) presentation at downtown’s Inshallah Gallery. It featured Carol Ai’s Peter Pan-collared tux shirts, Duc’s cheerleader minis and racer-back mesh tops, and military olive and pink skirts, layered and hemmed unevenly, from W.I.E.