Showing at the debut show of Axis in Los Angeles, Azita Rasoli cut a crescent in the front of a one-piece black swimsuit printed with cream brushstrokes.
Even though foot traffic appeared to be sluggish at the women's fashion and accessories trade shows held in Los Angeles from Oct. 7 to 19, a number of emerging brands made their premieres there for the opportunity to get face time with retailers.
Whether they were looking for a tried-and-true silhouette such as the biker jacket or a play on vintage denim, buyers found promising designs at Capsule, Axis, Coeur, Select, Emerge, Designers & Agents, Brand Assembly, ALT and Contemporary Curves. Of those, Capsule, Axis and Contemporary Curves were making their debut in the competitive L.A. market. To stand out, each expo needed to emphasize a point of difference, such as Made in New York fashion at Designers & Agents and trendy plus-size styles at Contemporary Curves.
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?"