Los Angeles Fashion Week SS20

Los Angeles Fashion Week is one of the few events that embraces and encourages the flamboyant exoticism found here in the City of Angels. Showcasing a variety of designers and a colourful radiation of vibes, L.A. fashion week sets itself apart from other fashion weeks simply by reflecting the diversity of styles naturally found in different parts of the city. The city first registered into the event in the year 2000 and quickly found itself in the shadows of New York and Paris. It is the underdog of fashion week events despite establishing a current, progressive cutting-edge attitude with a mishmash display of designers and models. The Spring/Summer 2020 runway was set in the city’s historically-preserved building, The Majestic Downtown. Iconically known as a filming and event venue with its Italian-influenced high hand-painted ceilings and marble columns, it became the perfect escape into a fantastical evening of art, music, and fashion.

Upon entering the venue, attendees could grab a quick drink while taking note of the many portraits, photographs and sculptures on exhibition during the visual arts portion of the evening. Purple and blue hues of light filled the space,

Catch Michelle

One of the designers of the first night of events was “Catch Michelle”. The line was founded in 2013 in the United Kingdom by designer Mihaela Teleaga; her first name happens to be the French spelling of the name “Michelle” and much of her fashion influence came from her internship at Vivienne Westwood while studying in London. Her collection titled “Smoked Olives” debuted at L.A. Fashion Week setting the tone for a wonderfully eclectic take on women’s casual business and everyday wear. Depictions of olives adorned silky and flowing fabrics of pale and burnt oranges that could be worn in both fall and spring. Mixing vibrant and baby-soft colors with conservative office attire presented the notion of a mature yet bohemian modern working-woman.

The producers who curate the shows—and have independent companies based throughout the city—provided a great mixture of designers without attempting to blend together similar styles or niches. The posh, soft florals and fabrics of designers like “Catch Michelle” were unapologetically challenged by the macabre, subliminally gothic designs of the Taiwanese clothing brand, “Cross for God”.

Cross For God

Opening the second night of L.A. Fashion Week was “Cross for God”, a line created by the well-known Taiwanese stylist Chuan Kao. Fashion influenced by the faith, the entire line is based on the Christian religion yet somehow managed to be one of the edgiest clothing designs presented at the event. Kao appealed to more than just our sense of sight by introducing her line with a live DJ set at the top of the show, making her the only designer to provide live music that evening. Drama and theatrical antics accompanied the show along with her bold choice to present a line of clothing clearly inspired by western religious leaders. Pulpit robes, also known as preaching robes, worn by men and women in colors of white, gray, and black were the highlight and closing looks for the show. Classic headpieces that could be seen worn by members of a church would have an urban touch to it with linings of gold and several angel wings were stitched to monochromatic looks: The Matrix meets the Vatican.

Words by Raven Moran

Runway photos by Arun Nevader (Getty Images)

Backstage Images by Thierry Brouard (Premium Paris)

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