Los Angeles Fashion Week, presented by N4XT Experiences, ran from October 18 to 22, 2023. showcasing, more than anything else, up-and-coming talents. When one typically thinks of a Hollywood-based fashion extravaganza, brands like Revolve and Alo come to mind; so do the Kardashians. But instead, we saw futuristic fashion, sportswear-inspired looks and a dash of the macabre. Some of highlights included silk pieces, quiet luxury beige and sci-fi couture.
It may be hard for young designers to make it in the fashion industry, but it’s even harder for women. In a sea of male fashion designers, LAFW showcased a total of 12 runway shows and presentations. Three and a half of them were female designers—Sami Miro; Imitation of Christ designer Tara Subkoff; Demo, co-designer of the Demobaza brand; and Claude Kameni (sadly, a show by Tiffany Brown was canceled last minute).
In this space, Kameni was a star. Think of statement silk pieces, bold patterns that aren’t too loud or abrasive and a quiet confidence that only a female designer brings to our closets. A woman truly knows what a woman wants to wear. Sophistication and style were welcomed to the runway, along with modern takes on historic cuts.
Every Los Angeles Fashion Week show needs a splash of New York City for it to really vibe. Gypsy Sport, a brand first founded in Harlem by designer Rio Uribe, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year. While Uribe is now based in Los Angeles, he still has the spirit of New York in his collections, even this one. Bring all the “L.A.” silver bling and