Los Angeles It was a green ending to a packed week of fashion shows at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, as the Mercedes-Benz Los Angeles Fashion Week closed out on Thursday night with the Green Initiative "Humanitarian Fashion Show." A consortium of eco-friendly designers put together by activist Mikey Koffman of The Gallery Los Angeles, the show consisted of five segments, with each designer showing a small collection.
Emily Factor started things off, sending models down the leaf-strewn runway wearing brightly colored dresses with mismatched patterning and chopped-up swingy skirts, with the prettiest done in turquoise and electric blue. Next up was M the Movement, designer Simplicio Michael Luis' likable line of menswear constructed of soybean, bamboo, and charcoal materials. He showed well-cut jeans, jackets, and shirts, paired with silly chopped-short ties.
Sandy Skinner's EcoSkin collection featured plain, solid-hued organic cotton jersey dresses, the oft-repeated look of the week. Her "Primrose" dress, a graphic patterned, boat-necked minidress was charming, but less so the live animals she subjected to the catwalk in the name of animal rights. The wolf, python, and monkey she sent out seemed scared of the bright lights, huge crowd, and loud music.
The final LA Fashion Week show concluded with two fun lines. Lilikoi, Barbara Boswell's ethical and sustainable label, featured soft cotton dresses in pretty colors, with silk-screened designs creating a much more interesting look to the basic jersey. And the most fun of all came from Kathleen Plate, the creator of SmartGlass Recycled Jewelry. She fashions necklaces, earrings, belts, and bracelets from recycled glass bottles, creating circular motifs in varying sizes. Her jewelry graced all of the female models throughout the evening, then as a finale to the program she sent out three models wearing white bathing suits overlaid with swingy dresses made of her glass circles.