FASHION AT THE GROVE: Los Angeles will try to revive its runway season Thursday with a series of fashion events at The Grove outdoor lifestyle center. Dubbed “Fashion @ The Grove,” the kickoff consists of a runway presentation with local designers Cynthia Vincent of Twelfth Street; Michelle Mason of Mason; John Whitledge, Jon Rose and Sara Mehrkhast of Trovata; Nony Tochterman of Petro Zillia; Jason Belick and Jamie Haller of ever, and Ali Fatourechi of Genetic Denim.
The inaugural program focuses on designers who sell at Barneys New York Co-op. The event is open to the public, but seats along the runway will go to “platinum level” Grove customers who drop $25,000 or more annually at the shopping center. The shows begin at 9 p.m. — A.R.K. SPOTLIGHT ON OTIS: Luxury retailers, skateboarders, entertainment execs and fashionistas gathered this month for Otis College of Art and Design’s annual gala in Beverly Hills. Like many award shows shaken by the economy, the Los Angeles school’s 27th annual fashion show on May 2 at the Beverly Hilton adopted a more subdued tone. Gone were the Cirque du Soleil acrobats along with the live cellist serenading models.
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