By  on March 12, 2009

LOS ANGELES — With event producer IMG out and the economy in trouble, Los Angeles Fashion Week has managed to coalesce into a 10-day series of scaled-back events beginning Friday.

The IMG-produced Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, a partnership that ended last year, was seen as fashion week’s anchor. But detractors cited subpar designers, a lack of buyers and press, an abundance of D-list celebrities and an out-of-the-way location as causes of its demise. Competing show producers have sought to claim a bigger stake in fashion week, but the economy hasn’t cooperated. Sponsorship dollars are scarce and designers are short on cash.

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