L.A. is Now One of the World’s Fashion Capitals; Plus, Big Changes for New York Fashion Week

Fashion_District,_Los_Angeles,_CAFashion junkies across Los Angeles are all thinking, “In your face, Milan!” right about now. Global Language Monitor released their yearly report on the fashion capitals of the world, and Los Angeles came in FOURTH! I know, I know, as much as we love L.A. and all of its designers—we were shocked too. As was GLM, which noted in the article, “Los Angeles! Yes, L.A.,” after we moved up five spots from 2012.

The top three cities were New York (stealing the spotlight from last year’s capital, London), Paris and London, respectively. See the rest of the list here. The rest of the top 10 included Barcelona, Rome, Berlin, Sydney, Antwerp and Shanghai.

New York’s top ranking bodes well for the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion Week, taking place February 6-13. IMG Fashion, which runs NYC’s fashion week, reported to the Wall Street Journal that a number of changes were in the cards for fashion week, which had become “too cluttered with people whose connections to fashion were tenuous at best.”

“It was becoming a zoo,” said Catherine Bennett, senior vice president and managing director at IMG Fashion Events and Properties, to the WSJ. “What used to be a platform for established designers to debut their collections to select media and buyers has developed into a cluttered, often cost-prohibitive and exhausting period for our industry to effectively do business.”

Those changes include new, less expensive venues. And, said the WSJ, “The redesigned venues aim to better control and reduce audience capacities, ‘making invitations once again an exclusive pass for true fashion insiders,’ according to IMG. Lincoln Center has often been swarmed with fashion bloggers, street-style photographers and fashion fans looking to be seen and photographed at the big scene, in addition to the hundreds of journalists and scores of celebrities.”

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Exposing New York Fashion Week (Kind Of…)

Happy Friday, guys!

I don’t know about you, but it’s gloomy here in Los Angeles (and a bit here in my head; it feels like a case of the Mondays cropping up a Friday). We could all use a few smiles today, so I hope this makes you laugh as much as I did.

Jimmy Kimmel’s “Lie Witness News: New York Fashion Week” highlights what a lot of fashion-industry insiders have pointed out this season: “Street style” has gotten out of hand and there are too many non-industry people (and probably FIT students) dressing up and hanging around the tents at Lincoln Center, just hoping to be photographed by Bill Cunningham.

“It’s called fashion, look it up.”

Amazing.

Look(s) of the Week: Rashida Jones, Christina Ricci, Kate Mara and More at Fashion Week

As we bid farewell to the end of the fashion frenzy that has taken over Lincoln Center for the last eight days, I looked back at all the inspiring and creative look that left us speechless, and decided that not all of them were from the runway (though, more on New York Fashion Week “Best Of” looks and trends is still to come). There were too many faboo-looking celebs sitting front row at the Fashion Week shows to pick just one who looked the best, so I chose more than one…a few more than one. And even one, twice (I mean, Rashida Jones really rocked it this week).

New York Fashion Week Favorites

You guys, OHH EMM GEE, don’t you just love what’s happening at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week? Just absolutely amazing stuff that makes me want to skip fall—and the boots I’ve been so excited to wear—and jump right into spring. Tomorrow I’ll bring you a roundup of the trends and the best of each (hint: We’ll be wearing crop tops and wide-leg pants next year, count on it), but until then, let me bring you a few of my favorites from the runways this week.

Photos courtesy Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week/Getty Images

Look of the Week: Zac Posen at the 10th Annual Style Awards

Last night’s 10th Annual Style Awards kicked off Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, and though, to be honest, a lot of the looks from the red carpet were a bit boring and easy, some were downright gorgeous. My favorite look came from Designer of the Year Zac Posen and his arm candy for the night. I also included some runners up below.

10th annual Style Awards

The Incredible Advantage of Google Glass in Fashion

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Nina Garcia explores Google Glass for NYFW. Photo courtesy Marie Claire

I’ve been going back and forth on this whole Google Glass thing. As much as I love technology, there is a point where it will be too intrusive in our daily lives. But I don’t think Google’s latest contraption is (yet), only because I can see the benefits of what may come from it for the fashion industry. Marie Claire Creative Director Nina Garcia plans to wear it during New York Fashion Week come fall, and it’s going to be extraordinary. That might seem like too grand of a word, but think about it: We’ll be sitting front row with Garcia during the biggest fashion event of the year. Most of us would have to work for decades to get that seat—not that I’m not going to try—and I’m thrilled that we can have the next-best thing.

And that doesn’t have to be all of it: photo shoots, first looks, interviews, shopping—there are so many glimpses to be had into the lives of the fashion elite.

According to WWD, Garcia’s photos, videos and other fashion week insights will be beamed live across several of Garcia’s and Marie Claire’s social media channels, including Vine, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and marieclaire.com. Hearst is tagging the event “Be Nina.”

“Usually I have lots of devices during fashion week. Google Glass Expedition is controlled by your voice or a tap of your finger. It’s a very different device than the iPhone. It’s like wearing a little computer,” Garcia said to WWD‘s Rosemary Feitelberg. “It’s a hands-free experience which is kind of liberating. I can go to a show and just be and not be looking down at my iPhone all the time.”

Despite the “liberation,” Garcia did note that the device’s short battery life of one-to-two hours will be hinderance, as fashion week demands closer to a 12-hour workday. Nina problems, right?