With the fall and winter 2012 Paris ready-to-wear shows over, it's time to bring the fashion focus a bit closer to home. Following are some of the noteworthy scheduled events of Los Angeles' 10-day Fashion "Week," which begins Thursday:
"Attire to Inspire," a Thursday evening cocktail party, fashion show and silent auction fundraiser for BREATHE LA (a nonprofit focusing on lung health and air quality) is set to include Moods of Norway, Yotam Solomon and eco-contemporary label VBN. It is open to the ticket-buying public at the Conga Room in downtown Los Angeles. Cocktails will kick off at 6:30 p.m. followed by an 8 p.m. fashion show.
Attire to Inspire, Conga Room at L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., $125 tickets available at attiretoinspire.eventbrite.com
"Meet the Designer & The Muse," a cocktail party organized by Fashion Group International Los Angeles is scheduled for Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., making it the first style-centric event out of the gate. Taking place at Ace Gallery Los Angeles in association with Concept Los Angeles Fashion Week (which begins its run of installations and shows the next evening), its goal is to honor "the creative relationship" between designer and muse, while raising scholarship funds for fashion design students in Southern California.
To date, the list of designers slated to attend (arm-in-arm with their respective muses) includes Louis Verdad, Skingraft's Jonny Cota, Sue Wong and Petro Zillia's Nony Tochterman. Open to the public, a $50 ticket gets you a 7:30 p.m.-to-9:30 p.m. cocktail party and a musical performance by Annie Trousseau. Double the dollars and get in an hour earlier for a red carpet VIP champagne reception.
Meet the Designer & the Muse, Ace Gallery Los Angeles, 5514 Wilshire Blvd., tickets available at fgila.org.
Concept Fashion Week is set to return to the Ace Gallery Los Angeles on Friday and Saturday with a roster of designer installations and runway shows from the likes of Henry Duarte, Mike Vensel, Bryan Hearns, Nuvula, S&G, Chambers, Thai Nuygen, Curly V, Belle N. Matisse, Laili Lau, NAMI and Jen Awad. (Open to industry buyers, media and invitees only.)
Concept Fashion Week, Ace Gallery Los Angeles, 5514 Wilshire Blvd., additional information at conceptfw.com
London Show Rooms Los Angeles, an initiative of the British Fashion Council that made its debut here in October 2011, is scheduled to make its sophomore outing in the City of Angels March 13-15 when it showcases the fall 2012 collections of U.K. brands such as E. Tautz, Nicholas Kirkwood, Roksanda Ilincic, Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto. (Open to industry buyers, media and invitees only.)
London Show Rooms Los Angeles, Ace Gallery Los Angeles, 5514 Wilshire Blvd.
Style Fashion Week L.A. is to return to the former St. Vibiana's Cathedral downtown March 12-16 with a schedule that to date includes runway shows by Stop Staring!, Ina Soltani, XCVI, Skingraft and L’une Collection by Anh Volcek. (Open to industry buyers, media and invitees only.)
Style Fashion Week L.A., Vibiana, 214 S. Main St., additional information at stylefashionweek.com
Sue Wong previews her fall 2012 "Autumn Sonata" collection during a March 16 champagne lunch at her 6th Street atelier (Open to invitees only.)
L.A. Fashion Weekend is set to take place March 16-18 at Sunset Gower Studios with one multi-brand runway showcase each night, featuring labels such as Betsey Johnson, Vilorija by Jelena Vujanovic, Sarahi House of Fashion, Ashlee Brooks and a television-centric final night scheduled to include labels designed with, inspired by or featured on "Real Housewives of Orange County," "Gossip Girl," and NBC's new style-focused reality show, "Fashion Star" (Open to industry buyers, media and invitees only.)
L.A. Fashion Weekend, Sunset Gower Studios, 6040 W. Sunset Blvd., more information and a complete list of brands at losangelesfw.com
-- Adam Tschorn
Photos: Runway looks from Style Fashion Week's Gen Art Fresh Faces showcase in October 2011 included, from left, Odylyne, Funktional and Chambers. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times