I was not expecting to see space age clothing when I attended the fashion shows put on by the Los Angeles Fashion Council last week at the Grove. The show presented uniquely Los Angeles based fashion designers, and LA is known more for it’s casual knitwear and denim companies than avant guard fashion collections, so I was in for a treat. Although there were a lot of very wearable clothes on the runway, the collection I found the most inspirational was by Rose La Grau. This young designer won the Open Runway competition earlier in the year. For her first major collection the RISD Apparel Graduate featured a mix of washed denim, plaid, and silver accents. And big shoes. Really big shoes.
I had a hard time categorizing the collection. Was it nightclub-punk or Lady Gaga-esque? The fun, inventive line suggested space age clothing with its ribbons of metallic silver, zipper detailing and huge platform shoes.
Space Age Clothing on the Runway
The clothes were a lot of fun. I’m not sure where I would wear them, but I think the designer has a different customer in mind. In terms of toy design however I find a lot of inspirational ideas in the collection. The sheer peek-a-boo pieces layered over meant-to-be-seen undergarments would be especially cute on a doll, but I also love the built-in cone bras and cheerful colors mixed with black and silver. And now about those shoes…
You might be asking yourself “how do you walk in these?” The answer is not very easily. The models looked a bit terrified, but each one managed to navigate the catwalk without capsizing. I don’t think I’d wear them myself, but I could see a little dolly in them.
It was refreshing to see a designer who decided to run with her own look, as eclectic as it is. It reminds me how important it is as a designer to push the limits of what we think we can do successfully. Rose La Grau proves that unusual can be fabulous, and taking a risk in designing what we love is worth the effort.