LACMA was swarmed with well-dressed Angelenos during this past Saturday's ninth annual Museum Free-for-All day, during which SoCal museums offered free admission. You might expect to see fashionable types just steps from the Wilshire May Company Building, which currently hosts the sartorial magic that is the "Diane Von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress" exhibit.
As the crowd at LACMA demonstrated, what Angelenos really get right when it comes to dressing is the effortless ability to mix high and low, vintage and new. Check out these photos and descriptions of some of the best outfits.
These two cuties were spotted inside the von Furstenberg exhibit. The prints on their outfits complemented each other as well as the entire installation.
On Angie (left)
Printed top: vintage
Necklace: from Hong Kong. This piece in particular really caught my eye as it was trending on Spring/Summer 2014 runways. Deemed by Harper's Bazaar as the "New Necklace," it sits like a choker but opens in the front to allow for embellishment - as Angie's does with two large pearl-like pieces. Very Chanel!
Shorts: Uniqlo, borrowed from her boyfriend
Sheer ankle socks: from Japan
Brogues with gold metal plate detail: from Hong Kong
On Nicole (right)
Sunglasses: from Nordstrom
Top and skirt: Nasty Gal
Buckled shoes: Jeffrey Campbell. A little shoe history on this badass silhouette: Balenciaga first came out with the cut-out buckled boot in Spring 2011, then reissued the shoe the following season with gold hardware, coming in at a whopping $1,200. Then, in true fashion form, this style trickled down from the luxury market into the hands of fast fashion to be made affordable for the rest of us broke girls. But Jeffrey Campbell's version, named the Coltrane (as seen on Nicole above), is the most infamous out there on the streets.
This couple's outfits are on the pulse of the satirical street wear movement. Over-branding with logos (appropriated and original) all over t-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants has been huge in the underground fashion scene here in L.A. and New York for quite a few seasons.
On Josephine (right)
Longsleeve top: Whatever 21
Platform boots: eBay
On Gerrath (left)
Leather snapback: Actual Pain
Longsleeve top: Long Clothing
Trainers: NIKEiD Roshes
Anyone wearing a Biggie t-shirt immediately gets a million style points. This youngin' had a cool laid back attitude that definitely came through in his outfit.
Notorious B.I.G. T-shirt: UO Custom
Shoes: Hillsboro Brogues
Watch: Gruen Automatic
Out in front of Chris Burden's Urban Light installation was this adorable girl named Jameson (coolest name ever) taking photos. She had a very East London look going on with the military-inspired epaulet coat and plaid baby doll dress.
Wool and leather coat: BCBG
Collared plaid dress: Zara
Suede ooties: Dolce Vita
Back inside the Dian Von Furstenberg exhibit was this vintage-clad beauty, Shana, who owns an Etsy shop called Trust Fund 21 that's chock full of vintage leather purses and other 70's vibe goodies. Her denim jacket featured tons of vintage patches found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market that her friend sewed on for her.
Denim jacket: vintage
Silk trousers: Drew
T-shirt: Forever 21
Leather loafers: vintage
Leather tote: vintage
This gorgeous couple were celebrating their sixth anniversary together starting with a night at LACMA - chic! Obviously their outfits complemented each other - her fuzzy grey cropped coat was a nice texture against his all-leather western button down top.
On Asia (left)
Grey Cropped Coat: Forever 21
Black Sheer Top: from Nordstrom
Boots: Henry Beguelin
On Brian (right)
Leather Western Buttondown: Civilianaire
This guy's jacket was a beautiful burgundy color with a thick green flannel lining on the inside. His outfit was simple yet classic and he totally looked put-together. See guys, it's not that hard to dress well!
Jacket: Penfield. It's refreshing to see a really cool jacket that actually isn't by North Face, Patagonia, or Columbia for once. Penfield is a classic American outdoor clothing brand that started in Massachusetts in 1975, and was one of the first brands in America to start using rip-stop nylon for their jackets.
Button Down: American Apparel
Antonio's jacket was a great statement piece. The bright mustard wool coat, featuring toggle buttons, had great contrasting leather sleeves. He did the jacket justice by pairing it with simple straight leg jeans and black studded boots.
Leather and wool coat: Forever 21
Studded boots: vintage
One's eyes can't help but catch a glimpse of this guy's bright yellow sweatshirt contrasted with good old red Chuck Taylors. His outfit was the ultimate mix of high and low.
Shirt and sweatshirt: thrifted
High tops: Converse
Another girl with a rad name, Cashmia! From her lavender hair down to her jelly shoes, Cashmia's casual weekend look was perfect for a day roaming around the museums.
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Printed kimono: Topshop
Denim short overalls: Zara
Black crop top: Rehab Clothing
Purse: Juicy Couture
Jellies: American Apparel
This girl's pared-down look was effortless but still chic because she stuck with a minimal color palette of cream, black, and a perfectly washed out denim. The oversize black coat is exactly the silhouette that's trending right now. It's a throwback to the big bulky coats power women in the 80s wore - and luxury brand Carven is one of the top runners for bringing this boxy coat back within the past two seasons.
Coat, circle scarf, sweater and jeans: Forever 21
Boots: Jeffrey Campbell