As the sun set on Los Angeles Fashion Week, high-minded eco-fashion statements shared the stage with Cali partygirl staples.
Linda Loudermilk: Aptly set in a BP, the environmentally friendly gas station, Linda Loudermilk presented an often avant-garde and off-kilter collection of eco-friendly designs. Taking "green" fabrics to a level beyond the basic T-shirt, she showed unusual, Gothic combinations of tiers, layers and texture on draped dresses and flowing capes. Though sometimes things looked overdone, her shrunken linen jackets and lean trousers were perfectly fashionable.
Petro Zillia: With the City of Angels poster girl Paris Hilton seated front and center, Petro Zillia's Nony Tochterman presented 21 bold and bright looks. Her signature whimsical prints and theatrical ensembles were absent this season, but Tochterman replaced them with tiered and bow-adorned dresses that were pretty but lacked substance.
The Green Initiative Humanitarian Fashion Show: Like most eco-design initiatives, this group show featured the standard sustainable basics — rocker T-shirts by Wet Cement and some shapeless jersey pieces by Protect the Element. Rene Geneva gets an A for effort for her corset constructions, and Peligroso's gray textured wrap skirt looked great. As for the lack of innovative design, onlooker Lauren Bush made a diplomatic point: "It's an important first step in making designers aware of the resources that are available to them."
Monarchy Collection: Eric Kim successfully cross-pollinated preppy standards like piped cardigans and madras shorts with retro rockabilly gear — high-wasted stovepipes and teeny denim rompers — for his Monarchy collection.
Bird of Prey: With layers of patterned cottons in checks and paisleys, many embellished with silver foil, Peter Ross created a fun collection with a punkish surfer-hippie chick vibe.
Evidence of Evolution: Eco-fashion is the name of the game this week, and Ali Alborzi and Andrew McCarthy did it well with their casually chic collection (it will be sold exclusively at Barneys New York) of poet blouses and caftans that mingled with pseudo-suiting or slinky jeans.
Voom by Joy Han: Joy Han's high-waisted shorts and retro secretary skirts mixed with Op Art checkered and polkadotted baby dolls channeled Gwen Stefani's various ska-girl incarnations — perfect for trendy high schoolers.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"