By Hillel Aron
By Joseph Tsidulko
By Patrick Range McDonald
By David Futch
By Hillel Aron
By Dennis Romero
By Jill Stewart
By Dennis Romero
BRYAN:So many cultures collide in L.A. It all exists here — L.A. culture is a kaleidoscope of emotional ranges — and you can't isolate fashion. It's tied in to music, midcentury modern architecture, the beach, the weather. It's fueled by simultaneous urban and country experiences. Fashion is so centered on Hollywood. Magazines use actresses instead of models, and there's all the red-carpet coverage. Young designers realize that it's possible to be a success based in L.A. Just get a celebrity to wear your dress, and that could put you in a worldwide arena. (Photographed by Raul Vega)
proprietor, Sirens & Sailors
Being creative and unique in a city of great diversity and mass population is L.A. style. It's very much about the individual. It's a blend of looks fused together by people transplanted here from many different cities, cultures and environments who take their past influences — music, home, family, peers, all the elements that have shaped their upbringing — and tie them all together by grabbing a piece of a current trend and making it their own. Confidence is what unites it all. Comfort is also an aspect of pulling together a look. Being fashion-conscious is almost unavoidable in this city so associated with Hollywood. And with so many destinations for entertainment and play, the opportunities to dress up are endless. The focus of the fashion world has always been directed to other major cities, yet there is much unrecognized talent here. I want to showcase up-and-coming L.A. designers. (Photographed by Anne Fishbein)
I think L.A. style is defined as functional fashion. There is no real sense of day- or nightwear.Because of the mix of people who come to Los Angeles, you are not likely to see anything too conservative during the day or too elegant at night. It's not as outrageous as Tokyo (too bad!), but it allows the freedom that is needed to set new trends. L.A.'s bright, trendy and definitely divided into different sections. You are going to see different looks in Silver Lake as opposed to Melrose and the beach. People do not seem as consumed with big designers as they are with wearing something that either they or a friend made. The casualness is a direct result of the weather and the overall laid-back attitude of California. L.A.'s not couture — it's ready-to-wear mixed with your favorite vintage blouse and your brand-new Adidas Sambas. Now, if we could just contain the midriff thing to the beach and nightclubs, we'd all be better off! (Photographed by Julie Pavlowski)
Left to right: Bianca (Next) is in a stretch wool crepe dress with layers of silk organza, tulle and silk chiffon camouflage-print ruffles by Louis Verdad; a necklace made out of assorted glass beads, sterling silver, turquoise and quartz crystal by Rae Vavra; and shoes by Charles David. Flynn (Elite New York) wears a silk taffeta tucked gown by Eduardo Lucero, amethyst-and-purple-sapphire pendant with black-gold and rock-crystal bracelets with gold toggles by Alexander Designs, Beverly Hills, and her own shoes.
Photographed by Julie Pavlowski at the Norma Talmadge Estate, restored by Xorin Balbes, in Los Feliz
Hair and makeup by Kina Stewart
Meghan Ryan (Wilhelmina) wears an ensemble by Frank and Franco: silk cherry-blossom blouson with string tie, leather waist cincher lined in silk, wool-cashmere pants and her own shoes.
Left to right: Luise Batsch wears a jersey dress by Hayley Starr with hand-painted inset and beads and Beverly Feldman vintage shoes; Emily is in a rayon-polyester dress and cotton sack pants by Grey Ant, and her own shoes; Jenny Shimizu wears a crepe and lamé blouse by Grey Ant, NS denim pants, leather cuff by Lisa LuLu, and her own shoes.
Makeup by Kathy Jeung * Hair by Gina Monaci * Stylist: Steven Price (Cloutier)
Left to right: Actress Jennifer Gimenez wears a silk-satin matador cocktail dress by Eduardo Lucero and shoes by Gina; life coach TC Conroy wears a Bao Tranchi (www.belladonnapress.net) crystal-beaded silk-chiffon bias-cut dress, Michael Schmidt sterling-silver Swarovski-crystal-encrusted skull ring, Gucci shoes, and vintage hat courtesy of Wendy Ann's House of Hats; singer-songwriter Deborah Falconer is in a yarn knit dress by Ujein, boots by Jimmy Choo and vintage hat courtesy of Wendy Ann's House of Hats; actress Lisa Edelstein wears a hematite Swarovski-crystal mesh dress and sterling-silver jet-crystal-encrusted scorpion ring by Michael Schmidt, and vegan couture shoes by Jimmy Choo; philanthropist Patric Reeves is in a silk chiffon ballerina dress by Bao Tranchi, leather jacket with rabbit-fur trim by Cosa Nostra (exclusive for Maxfield), tulle-and-yarn neck puff by Ujein, diamond-and-platinum cross necklace by Ron Hami (www.belladonnapress.net) and shoes by Gina.