For fall, indulge in L.A.’s hot homegrown fashion designs

August 31, 2015

Building Black leather Cylinder duffel bag with rubber handles and brass hardware, $795 at Building Block in Los Angeles and

LOS ANGELES — This city is in the midst of a fashion renaissance.

There is so much good design happening here that we decided to focus on homegrown fall wardrobe pieces, with looks such as Mason’s crepe cape jacket and Building Block’s cylinder duffel bag, which capture fall’s rock ’n’ roll-inspired polish, and Clover Canyon’s relaxed maxi skirt and Jenni Kane’s croc-embossed moccasin boots, which tap into the season’s bohemian rhapsody.

There are new players in the luxury space, including Zaid Affas, who graduated from the prestigious Central Saint Martins college of art and design in London and had stints at Ports 1961 and Ralph Lauren before launching his namesake collection of glam going-out wear last year. Meanwhile, L.A. continues to be a leader in producing the kind of advanced contemporary collections that are increasingly taking over racks in stores and our closets. Founded in 2009, stylist-turned-designer Andrea Lieberman’s slick, sophisticated ALC label is on a roll, having recently expanded into handbags, and the Great, the latest creation of Emily Current and Meritt Elliott, is a dressed-up version of the Americana aesthetic they pioneered at Current/Elliott.

Of course, L.A. is still the destination for the world’s greatest denim. For fall, we love Citizens of Humanity’s chic Olivia overalls and Mother’s retro patchwork jeans with frayed ankles. And L.A. has always been known for T-shirts, only now they’re superluxe cashmere, thanks to Greg Chait of Elder Statesman.

Earthy-looking extras? Kelly Wearstler’s hammered collar, Kendall Conrad’s brass hoop earrings, Jerome Rousseau’s beaded pumps and Newbark’s shearling slides fit the mood. And if we need another reminder of how great we’ve got it, consider: In L.A., fuzzy fall sandals can actually pass for practical footwear.




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