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Well-dressed bands and celebs in red: L.A. Fashion Week takes shape

March 7, 2011 |  3:05 pm

For most of the fashion press and buyers, the fall and winter 2011-2012 runway circuit will draw to a close when the Paris women's ready-to-wear shows wrap up on Wednesday.

But, for organizers of Los Angeles' assorted fashion-focused events -- clustered loosely around the California Market Center's fall market week (which runs March 14 to 17)-- it means curtains up on another season, another handful of "fashion weeks," and another grab-bag of one-off presentations and shows by individual designers -- L.A.-based designers Sue Wong and Yotam Solomon among them -- that is scheduled to last until March 19.

Although the majority of the below are private, invite-only events for buyers and press, the few that offer something to the general public are listed at the end of the post.

Concept Los Angeles Fashion Week, is scheduled to run Thursday-Sunday at Ace Gallery at 5514 Wilshire Blvd., with runway shows and presentations by a slate of designers that includes returning labels Skingraft, Martinmartin, Mike Vensel, Fremont, the Battalion, Valerj Pobega and Jen Awad.

Concept's opening night is set to kick off with a collaboration between photographer Ian Morrison and Roark Collective, followed by musical performances by The Meek and the Black Ryder -- who will, not coincidentally, be wearing clothes from the fall and winter 2011 menswear collection of L.A.-based fashion designer Henry Duarte.

 Los Angeles Fashion Week at Sunset Gower Studios, organized by the Gallery LA,  currently has two days of runway shows on the books (March 18 and 19), and holds out the possibility of adding a third day to the lineup,  with the stable of confirmed labels to date including XCVI, Denim of Virtue, Adiktion Clothing, Laguna Beach and Z-Brand.

Style Fashion Week Los Angeles is the newest kid on the block, but its organizers have chosen an old, familiar fashion week venue for their inaugural event -- the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana at 214 S. Main St. In addition to a slate that includes a few shows strung over several nights -- starting with Stop Staring! on March 15 and ending with Ina Soltani on March 18, the lineup is expected to include a celebrity Go Red fashion show benefiting the American Heart Assn. (not to be confused with the other red-dresses-at-fashion-week-event, the annual showing of the  Heart Truth Red Dress Collection at New York Fashion Week),  with tickets available to the general public. (We've been assured that a complete list of the 14 celebrity participants -- as well as ticket information -- will be posted at the group's website shortly.)

Other events open and accessible to the general public include the aforementioned Stop Staring! show (at no cost -- but limited to 200 standing-room-only spaces), Project Ethos, which brings its signature music/fashion/art event to the Avalon March 12 (click here for additional information), and Simply Stylist -- a seminar for aspiring stylists slated for March 18 (this season features stylists Soyon An, Ilaria Urbinati and Karla Welch).

 -- Adam Tschorn


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Photos: Looks from the fall and winter 2011 runway collections of Martinmartin (left) and Mike Vensel (right), shown during New York Fashion. They are among the designers scheduled to show during the upcoming Los Angeles Fashion Week which starts on Thursday and runs through March 19. Credit: Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times.