LA Fashion Week: The Battalion, Maxine Dillon and Popomomo

Sunday, October 18, 2009

image courtesy of my sister Mira

Two of the most fashionable people I know, my sister Mira, an eco-friendly fashion lover and Courtney, the owner of LA Vintage Exchange, filed some reports from some shows they saw at LA Fashion Week. Thank you, Mira and Courtney! Hope you enjoy their writeups as much as I did...

The Battalion
Text and photos by Mira

With nods to ballet, modern dance and courtesans, The Battalion Spring 2010 show featured a covetable mix of ultra-feminine and tomboy-friendly separates, often in the same outfit. Stand-out pieces were the lace trench over "Libertine' veggie leather (but convincingly luxe) leggings, the black pro-modal dress with asymmetric ruching and an unfinished hem, the "Lux" fringe vest, the faux denim leggings some with denim-style button fly details, the pro-modal tees with cheeky pockets placed squarely over breasts. Back pockets in denim style leggings are not new, but now we have an eco-friendly way to wear this trend. My favorite piece was the "Anais" bamboo cardi, which evoked a forward-thinking but ethereal spin on boudoir wear. I’m confident that any woman examining this collection will pick an instant favorite that would become an iconic staple in her wardrobe.




Maxine Dillon and Popomomo

Text and photos by Courtney

LA fashion week has officially kicked off (yes, we still have a fashion week) and last evening's turn-out at LA Fashion on Broadway at the historic Los Angeles Theatre downtown was encouraging.

The theme of the night was installations and I started with a preview of Maxine Dillon's Spring collection. The stationary models gave me enough time to pick some of my favorite pieces including the dip dye shirt dress and pleated pants. Her range of looks was ambitious, and Dillon kept it together with similar colors and fabrics.


Eco-line Popomomo was the main draw and did not disappoint. The installation was well displayed on the stage of the theatre and we sat in a circle of chairs around two large abstract wood structures. The show started and the models moved in on cue with the music--it became a fluid installation with multiple models on set and smooth transitions of looks. The S/S10 collection was presented for viewers as the models moved stylishly with the music, showing off the functionality of each piece while interacting with the set. So clearly thought out, this season's designs show an immense focus on zippers, buttons & ties while keeping the key drape and clever cut-outs Popomomo is known for. Designer Lizz Wasserman has definitely created a wearable season with numerous pieces I must have. Lucky for me, we share a studio space!




28 comments:

PinkBow said...

interesting show. i adore the top pic your sister took, the sky is amazing. hope you're having a lovely weekend :)

Velo said...

fabulous fashion show! love it

Mode Junkie said...

looked like a nice show! LOVE THAT FIRST PIC! ;)
click here to visit me at mode junkie!

Clara said...

amazing pics!!
xxxxx

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Awesome photos! I feel like I was there. :)

The Beautiful and Glammed said...

AMAZING posts! so lucky to have been there and what a pretty sunset :)

We'll definitely be back
Come take a sneaky peek at TBAG :)
We have an amazing giveaway!

Have a lovely lazy Sunday :)x

daisychain said...

gorgeous photos, great post!

VersaStyle said...

i like the The Battalion..
it's crazy how our fashion week is like a month now.

nookie said...

so,it runs in the family!great reviews!

Wendy said...

The shows look good.

Lani said...

i really love The Battalion. great photos, mira!

Tori said...

Great pictures and post! Look like a wonderful show!

Diana said...

I wish I could attend fashion week LA!

I had a totally different vision of it; I thought all the new designers hit up NY and we got the leftovers. I love seeing new and fresh designers!

jeannie said...

gorgeous photos!! I've always wanted to go to a fashion show.

Dream Sequins said...

PinkBow: Me too, I had to use that picture somehow. It was related to LA Fashion Week, but it could stand on its own as just a gorgeous image in its own right!

Velo: Thanks so much for your comment :)

Mode Junkie: I'm sorry I missed the show :(

Clara: Thanks dear!

Jennifer Fabulous: It is almost as good as being at the real show.. Sigh. Next season!

The Beautiful and Glammed: I wish I could say I was there, but these writeups and photos are almost as good as the real thing!

daisychain: I loved these photos. Thank you!

VersaStyle: I'm with you-- it's totally fashion month and it's a shame that these shows have to be at the tail end of it. It's exhausting!

nookie: You're so sweet! My sister is actually a film student, but her writing is amazing!

Wendy: Thanks, dear!

Lani: I'm a big fan of The Battalion. Can't believe these are eco-friendly. So well designed...

Tori: Thanks, dear! I can't wait to see these pieces in person.

Diana: I'm definitely feeling the love for designers from my hometown. I'm happy that they are still going strong...

jeannie: You should come out to LA or NY for a fashion week!!!

miss_vogue said...

wow im jealous, looks fantastic!

drollgirl said...

sometimes la does things right! :)

bryna said...

awesome photos.

Nubiasnonsense said...

The show looks fab, the pics are exquisite!

I want to see your sis style

Jaime said...

Love the Maxine Dillon designs!

alexkeller said...

LA is so much fun - always have a great time when I visit. and The Battalion really appeals to me

Emily Cato said...

The picture your sister took is absolutely stunning, I love it!

And the show looked great!

Couture Cookie said...

I really enjoyed reading this post! And regarding my p/t job at BED... hmm, I think I'll stay mum. :D

Turtle said...

Amazing shots!!

Summer @ B is for Brown said...

I am in love with this post. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

ps - have a blast in thailand. i cannot wait to read all about it and great guest posts lined up!

previouslyowned said...

wow! I love em all!!! Great photographs!

Hanako66 said...

those collections are gorgeous!

Modelizer said...

I really want to know if LA fashion week will ever be taken seriously. I also think it's interesting that all of the images I've seen are from bloggers and not major news sources...perhaps that is where the problem begins, not enough exposure through the proper media channels.

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