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Los Angeles Fashion Week spring 2014: Stella Proseyn review

October 11, 2013|By Adam Tschorn
  • Looks from the Stella Proseyn spring 2014 runway collection shown at the Grove during Los Angeles Fashion Week.
Looks from the Stella Proseyn spring 2014 runway collection shown at the… (Jay L. Clendenin )

The Los Angeles Fashion Council's two-day showcase of local emerging labels kicked off on Wednesday with a runway show by Stella Proseyn in the open park space of the Grove shopping center -- and under a tent -- thanks to a rare day of L.A. rain.

The inspiration: Launched in 2012 by former Orange County Register reporter and art gallery director Debbie Talanian, Stella Proseyn's spring 2014 manifesto, as described in the show notes, reads: "This collection is about personal exploration. It's about asking questions, then pushing forward without waiting for the answers, It's about doubting everything but yourself."

The look: A casual collection of women's trousers, shorts and tops in a color palette of blue hues and a muted orange plaid, both alone and in mixed-fabrication pieces. Standouts included a plaid skirt notched at the sides to look like the hem of a short dress, and color-blocked clam-digger pants.

The first pair of long-leg/short-leg trousers to hit the catwalk seemed like a novel exercise in a playing-with-proportion kind of way, but similar pieces -- including a short/skort combination and a long-pant/black skirt split take only made one wonder all the more on what occasions such garments might practically be worn.  

The scene: Just as many drizzle-dappled passersby watched and snapped photos from outside the tent as watched from the 61 seats inside. As far as exposure for designers and fashion-show cred for the Grove goes, the LAFC/Grove partnership seemed like a stroke of genius right out of the gate.

Verdict: An enthusiastic debut from a youthful label worth keeping in mind -- especially if you think you might be chosen to run in the three-legged race at next summer's company picnic.


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