Snakes slithering across chunky signet rings, models clad in vegan shoes see-sawing on a patch of fake grass and a runway show that includes skeleton-shaped knapsacks sounds like a scene straight out of Los Angeles’ twice-yearly fashion week. But this particular event unspooled in early August, nearly three months ahead of the city’s traditional fashion week timetable.
The Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion event, held Aug. 4 in an Arts District warehouse, showcased five labels.
Footwear designer of the year Taghrid Zorob’s Rafa line of eye-catching, chunky-heeled vegan footwear was on display on a swath of artificial turf off to one side of the runway. Among the colorful kicks in the mix: pale-pink faux suede sandals with 3-inch heels, blunt-toed Mary Jane pumps in green velvet and a pair of lace-up-the-back midi boots covered in a blue-and-white textile pattern that fell somewhere between snakeskin, floral and camouflage.
On the opposite side of the runway were a couple of glass display cases containing (in addition to a pair of slithering snakes) jewelry designer of the year Legier Biederman’s chunky signet rings from her year-old, L.A.-based Legier collection. The handsome, hefty-looking hand candy consisted of brass, silver or gold rings inlaid with square-cut stones like opal, turquoise and amazonite or slightly more rectangular strips of lapis or onyx approximately the width of a USB jump drive.
The runway show gave three local labels a chance to strut their stuff. First up wasBristol, an athleisure-meets-retro range from menswear designers of the year Tommy Nowels and Luke Tadashi, which showed an assortment of vintage-inspired bombers, car coats and button-downs and denim. Memorable pieces included a baseball-inspired ticking stripe Henley and a maroon sweatsuit in French terrycloth that consisted of a mock turtleneck pullover top and three-quarter-length drawstring bottoms with a raw hem.
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