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Los Angeles designers make splash at New York Fashion Week

February 10, 2012 |  3:13 pm

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New York Fashion Week kicked off this week with more than 300 scheduled presentations for the media and retail buyers. The biannual event is a showcase not only for designers and labels based in the Big Apple, but for those from around the world.

And this year, especially, for those from Los Angeles. The Times' fashion critic Booth Moore says in a story for this Sunday's Image section that L.A.'s designers have grown beyond the decades-old stereotype: casual clothes involving surf or skates and a laid-back attitude. Now they are known for polished, sophisticated designs worthy of the world stage, and many of them are unveiling their collections for this fall in New York.

Of course, the West Coast is the capital of denim, as writer Adam Tschorn reminds in the same section. But now even our denim purveyors, such as Levi Strauss, 7 For All Mankind, Rock & Republic and Hudson Jeans, are showing their wares on New York runways and at other New York events, right alongside the more glamorous luxury labels.

It seems like we're in for quite a fashion week. And you can follow Moore and Tschorn's musings on our All the Rage blog as they go from one event to another over the next few days.

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Photo: Models wearing Corey Lynn Calter pose for a photo during Corey Lynn Calter's presentation in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Pier 59 Studios on Feb. 8 in New York City. Credit: Joe Kohen /Getty Images.

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