Top 10 Hottest Looks at L.A. Fashion Week (On and Off the Runway)

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Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM

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Los Angeles Fashion Week is still but a blip on the stylemonger radar -- compared with New York's big bang last month -- but that doesn't mean our local fashionistas and designers aren't donning or doing anything creative, fresh or fun here. At Concept FW this past weekend, held at Ace Gallery on Wilshire, the shows and installations for the most part offered wearable yet arty pieces styled and set up with imagination and panache. And that goes for the crowd as well.

Last night, Vibiana was the locale for the retro-inspired looks of Stop Staring, a company that epitomizes a more streamlined style statement and one that L.A. ladies are known for: Va-va-voom!

In fact, shooting the ensembles at Concept and Stop Staring was an exercise in the polarity of L.A. women's fashion sensibilities. It highlighted the two main ways most of us choose to express ourselves here: (1) sexy, glamorous and very put-together, and (2) edgy, mismatched and kinda all over the place.

Check out our top 10 hottest looks (from on and off the runway) to see how each diverse style is done right.

10. Mad for Plaid

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In a sea of skinny jeans, a plaid flair looks positively pop-tastic. We especially like the peek-a-book lacing down the sides.

9. Fair Lady

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Pretty full skirts are due for a comeback, especially if they show off a teeny-tiny waist. The messy braid is an unexpected complement here.

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