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Los Angeles Fashion Week spring 2014: ISM Mode review

October 11, 2013|By Adam Tschorn
  • Shown are two looks from ISM Mode's spring 2014 runway show at the Grove earlier this week.
Shown are two looks from ISM Mode's spring 2014 runway show at the Grove… (Jay L. Clendenin )

Inka Sherman's ISM Mode label was the third of the L.A.-based brands to hit the catwalk during Day One of the Los Angeles Fashion Council's shows at the Grove earlier this week.

The look: Grounded in a color palette of gray and white, with the occasional pop of blue, yellow and the palest blush of pink, the collection included silhouettes that ranged from retro-vintage skirt and top combinations to of-the-moment slouchy shirt and trouser looks. A couple of pieces that included black-and-yellow-striped tie-dye patterns called to mind the Bee Girl from Blind Melon's "No Rain" video (though in truth, the inclement weather, which required the outdoor shows be tented, probably helped make the connection too). 

Key pieces: The standouts of the collection included the black and white marble-patterned dresses that opened the show and a range of softly draping white knit dresses and vests that appeared throughout. 

The verdict: While we're happy to see Sherman's handiwork get the exposure of a high-profile runway show, we know from past seasons that ISM Mode is a line that's best experienced up close -- the soft hand of the fabric and the subtle gradations of a tone-on-tone tie-dye that characterize the collection can't be fully appreciated from afar. 


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