Black leather Cylinder duffel bag with rubber
handles and brass hardware, $795 at Building Block
in Los Angeles and building--block.com.
ANGELES — This city is in the midst of a fashion
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.
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.
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.
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.