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Scattered Fashion Week Returns Next Week

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, October 07, 2009, at 10:21AM
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A model wears a look from The Batallion during the label's March show. The Batallion is on the Thursday lineup for Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Week.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa paid a visit to the California Market Center on Tuesday to kick off Los Angeles' sprawling Fashion Week. Unable to confine itself to just one calendar week, events are flung throughout the month of October and spread across the city.

Downtown's role in Fashion Week continues to evolve, with the Spring show season bringing Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Week back to MOCA's Geffen and L.A. Fashion on Broadway taking BOXeight's previous venue at the Los Angeles Theatre.

Debuting with just a single night in the spring, Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Week grows to three nights for the fall. Shows will take place Tuesday through Thursday, October 13 - 15.

First up on the schedule is an emerging designers show sponsored by the City's Cultural Affairs department. At Tuesday's press conference, Fernando Carneiro, Phong Hong, and the pair of Krysta Henry and Jacquetta O'Dell were announced as winners of the Fashion Angel Awards. They'll showcase looks in the Tuesday 5pm slot.

BOXeight seemed the heir apparent to the official Fashion Week crown back in March, but this season the collective returns to its warehouse for a non-runway affair.

Taking its place inside Broadway's Los Angeles Theatre is LA Fashion on Broadway. Two nights of shows -- Wednesday and Thursday, October 14-15 -- will take place on the historic theatre's stage.

Villaraigosa praised the fashion industry's economic contribution to the city, and said that he expects its stock to continue to rise.

"Los Angeles is no longer just the design capital of the west coast," said Villaraigosa, "it's one of the major design capitals of the world. As we look around at the city's talented designers and what they can produce, I'm sure that L.A.'s international fashion profile will continue to rise."

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