The women's trade shows in Los Angeles had a slow start this month.Foot traffic was light, and some of the shows were so small that the California Market Center condensed four fairs from different venues in its building to a single space in the Fashion Theater. Still, emerging brands seized the opportunity to exhibit among established lines such as Rebecca Minkoff and JET by John Eshaya. Here are some labels to keep an eye on.[caption id="attachment_10768717" align="alignnone" width="214"] MCT Editions[/caption]Show: Designers & AgentsBrand: MCT EditionsDesigner: Minden ChanHeadquarters: Los AngelesLaunch season: Spring 2017Retail prices: $150 to $850Retailers: Madison in Los Angeles and Stacey Todd in Studio City, Calif.Background: Who would have thought that reading was a prerequisite for a career in fashion?Minden Chan made the jump from obtaining a degree in oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to starting his first namesake clothing business in 2007 by learning how to design and sew. Picked up by Barneys New York, the women's sportswear collection lasted a year before he decided to evolve it into a lower-priced T-shirt line. Between 2009 and 2016, when he offered his minimalist but sophisticated knits, he came upon a realization. "It's kind of tiring a little bit and there are a lot of similar lines," he said. "Why not come back to a complete line?"MCT Editions, as his third fashion venture is called, maintains a subdued style with a black cashmere-wool sweater coat that features a frayed French seam, a boxy black and white shell that mixes silk pleats with wool felt and gray cotton sweatpants that are cut baggy and short to evoke sporty culottes. For an arty touch, he adds a dense print of ditzy flowers painted acid yellow and pastel lavender. A black, ribbed turtleneck sweater in cashmere and wool features a slit to expose the throat. Rather than being a design flaw, the sliced neck was deliberate, Chan said, "to make the shape a little more mysterious."[caption id="attachment_10767940" align="alignnone" width="300"] Page Thirty[/caption]Show: Brand AssemblyBrand: Page ThirtyDesigner: Susan ChoHeadquarters: San FranciscoLaunch season: Fall 2016Retail prices: $1,470 to $1,590Retailers: Therapy in Pasadena, Calif.Background: Leather jackets have become such a mainstay of the fashion industry over the past few years that not even the banking sector was immune to the trend. But nothing was to the liking of Susan Cho, who built a career handling public relations among bankers. "I was trying to find something that is business appropriate but also fun and feminine," she said.Her solution was to start Page Thirty last fall with two styles, a black bomber and a moto zip-up. While the silhouettes were similar to what was already available on the market, she tried to differentiate it by using only Italian lambskin leather and suede, silk lining and zippers colored rose gold and charcoal by a Los Angeles-based manufacturer. She believes her focus on domestic production gives her an edge over competitors, even those who shave $300 off their prices by relying on foreign factories.Another advantage is the absence of doodads on her jackets. Her latest offering is a bolero that comes in three variations, such as one in smooth cream leather with a notched collar and piping along the edges and another in gray suede with a high back and darted front panels."The simplicity is a big aspect," she said.[caption id="attachment_10767942" align="alignnone" width="214"] Shabbella[/caption]Show: SelectBrand: ShabbellaDesigner: Shab SadeghiHeadquarters: Newport Beach, Calif.Launch season: Spring 2016Retail prices: $55 to $180Retailers: Mi Place in Newport Beach, Calif.; Langham Huntington in Pasadena, Calif., Claremont Club & Spa in Berkeley, Calif.Background: A petite dancer who always has made clothes for her workouts, Shab Sadeghi didn't see much of a stretch to designing ath-leisure for other women. An offshoot of her collegiate line, which launched in fall 2015 and catered to fans of the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford and other schools, Shabbella appeals to women who like the comfort of activewear but prefer a look that, in Sadeghi's words, "is very chic and very classic."Made in Los Angeles, her polished and versatile collection includes heather gray ribbed sweatpants that lace up in the front with black ties, a black French terry dress that is acceptable for date night thanks to a wide neckline that can be tugged down for an off-the-shoulder style and a tan Ultrasuede sports bra and matching capris that are comfortable enough for an outdoor hike.Sadeghi doesn't compromise on comfort. On a recent weeklong trip to New York, she found it annoying that a miniskirt with a cutaway hem kept riding up due to an ill-fitting waistband. So she eliminated the piece from her collection.Another constant in her designs is her past experience as a professional cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers. "That's why there is a sport influence in everything I do and has become my signature," she said.
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)
Breaking News: @hedislimane joins @celine as its new artistic, creative and image director. One of fashion’s preeminent image-makers and trendsetters, Slimane is to join the LVMH brand on Feb. 1 and unveil his first fashion proposition for men and women next September during Paris Fashion Week. It marks a major homecoming for Slimane, who cemented his reputation – and influenced men’s tailoring for more than a decade – as the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He went on to reinvent and ignite the house of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent, between 2012 and 2016 – all the while maintaining a close relationship with the Arnault family, which controls LVMH and Dior. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
“Personally I believe the Eighties have been the richest and more vivacious period for international fashion,” Giorgio Armani said when asked what his favorite decade of fashion is. It was a moment of disruption and experimentation and only thinking back to the first years of that decade is always an emotion for me, for what they have meant to me and my work.” The influence is clear in @giorgioarmani spring 2018 collection, pictured here, which was full of bright colors and unexpected prints. Read more about which decades designers loved most on WWD.com #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
For Lady Gaga’s only Italian show on her “Joanne World Tour,” the singer wore a range of @versace_official outfits. The standout piece: this custom-made bodysuit inspired by the brand’s spring 2018 collection. #wwdfashion (RG: @ladygaga)
@_camillaruth_ is expanding on the wellness-craze concept with @westbourne – a new NYC restaurant that’s both a healthy-minded café as well as a business that gives back to the community. Marcus works with the Robin Hood foundation to give back to The Door, a non-profit providing youth development services, and also hires employees through The Door. Read our full interview with Marcus on giving back through food on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)