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Yotam Solomon, Moods of Norway, VBN headline 'Attire to Inspire'

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Breathe LA's second annual "Attire to Inspire" charity event, which took place at the Conga Room at L.A. Live,  was one of two March 8 style-centric fundraisers marking the unofficial kickoff of Los Angeles Fashion Week (the other was Fashion Group International's "Designer and the Muse" cocktail party at Ace Gallery Los Angeles across town), and the first runway show I can recall that ended with a model being heated by a pair of hairdryers.

The model in question was wearing a mid-thigh-length blue-and-white cotton dress by L.A.-based designer Yotam Solomon that looked like a cloud-strewn Southern California sky. As she stood at the end
of the runway, a helper popped up next to the catwalk, turned on a pair of hand-held Conair dryers and slowly -- very slowly, no make that painfully slowly -- tried to coax a color change from the garment.

I'm going to guess the dress was supposed to fade from blue to white (it was hard to tell from our vantage point) with the application of heat, since the designer had intimated earlier in the evening that VBN and Moods of Norwaythe dress was going to somehow change with the temperature.

It was a look Solomon had created specifically for the event, with the rest of the looks (10 women's and two men's) pulled from exisiting collections. (Since Solomon doesn't stage runway shows, it was a rare chance to see his creations on live models.)

The event also marked the first U.S. fashion show for the fun-loving Moods of Norway brand, which started the show by sending pieces from its fall 2012 "cocktail mountaineering" collection of men's and women's clothes down the catwalk, a cacophony of orange corduroy jackets, cable-knit sweaters and bold plaid three-piece suits, all bearing details that referenced the label's farm tractor logo -- on the corduroy jacket that meant a bold tractor-tire tread elbow patch embroidery, on the sweaters the tread was part of the cable pattern itself and the suits sported what looked like tractor-tire-inspired buttons. 

Moods of Norway was followed on the runway by eco-conscious label VBN (Vicarious By Nature), which showed a handful of looks including rust-colored sweaters, gray khakis and plaid shirts accessorized with scarves and cross-body bags.

Solomon's looks closed out the evening, and though the big reveal of his final look may have fallen short thanks to the two tiny hair dryers, it wasn't for naught since, according to the event organizers, the approximately 400 people in attendance helped raise nearly $40,000 to benefit Breathe LA's efforts to promote clean air and healthy lungs in Los Angeles County.

And, since Solomon plans to eventually sell the dress to benefit the organization, that amount will eventually increase.

We're just guessing that hair dryers are sold separately.

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Photos, from top: A model in a temperature-reactive cotton dress by Yotam Solomon closed out Breath LA's "Attire to Inspire" fashion show on March 8.

The fashion show also included looks from VBN (left) and Moods of Norway (right). Credit: Howard Pasamanick / Breathe LA

Los Angeles Fashion Week is set to kick off Thursday

Los Angeles Fashion Week's 10-day schedule kicks off with a pair of charity cocktail party / fashion shows on March 8, and wraps up on March 18 with L.A. Fashion Weekend at Sunset Gower Studios. Labels set to show their fall and winter 2012 collections are local brands Stop Staring! and Skingraft
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

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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

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Designer Yotam Solomon's collection dabbles in drugs and DNA

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To show his fall and winter 2011 collection, Los Angeles-based designer Yotam Solomon hosted a low-key presentation at his recently renovated Hollywood Hills home Friday evening.

Solomon, who had just finished adding a second story to the house, likewise had two fashion stories on display in the hall closet that served as an impromptu garment display -- both pieces from his spring-summer 2011 Oil Spill collection [more on that below] and his upcoming fall-winter 2011 Drugs and DNA collection.

"When I moved here when I was 15, I went to school at Beverly Hills High School," Solomon said, "and I noticed that people were taking all kinds of drugs -- prescription drugs -- and to me it seemed that every time you take a pill to fix something it damages something else."

Solomon's intimation is that "something else" includes our DNA. The intricacies of pharmacology and genetics aside, it allows Solomon a chance to include variations on both the double-helix design we've come to associate with DNA, as well as a recurring pill motif throughout the collection.

I could have dispensed altogether with the pill shapes that appeared on the shoes, dresses and gowns -- partly because they more closely resembled tiny tapered toggle buttons in silhouette than pharmaceutical capsules and partly because Jeremy Scott's recent Candyflip collection shown during New York Fashion Week popped the pill motif so memorably with a dye sublimation photo print of actual pills.

But the twisting and criss-crossing of fabric inspired by the DNA double helix were a good fit with the drape of the floor-length gowns and one-shouldered dresses in the collection, which looked not only wearable but surprising elegant given the inspiration.

The same can be said for the spring-summer Oilspill collection, which I finally had the opportunity to see up close. (I missed the original presentation last season because of a colossal traffic mess in the Hollywood Hills.) It included a simple, undulating black design that looked like seeping oil and a dress with a sheer black panel overlay designed so that when the wearer (presumably an environmentally conscious starlet on the red carpet) posed for a photo with her hand on her hip -- as she no doubt would -- the right hand of the wearer would fit perfectly under the fabric, causing an effect reminiscent of an oily sheen on the surface of the water.

Speaking of oily sheens, Solomon might do well to keep the peices of his current Drugs and DNA collection far, far away from the Sober Valley Lodge. Even though the designer strives to use sustainable materials in his collections, there's no telling what might happen if a certain someone were to accidentally ingest one of his pill-festooned "Overdose" boots.

-- Adam Tschorn

Photos: Looks from Yotam Solomon's spring-summer 2011 Drugs and DNA collection shown on Sunday, at the designer's Hollywood Hills home. Credit: Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times


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