Glamorous Goth & Vintage Influence at Louis Verdad
Last night, I attended the premier Downtown LA Fashion Week show titled An Evening of 20th Century Glamour which benefited the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Along with an amazing array of vintage gowns from vintage clothing darling Cameron Silver’s, Decades (more on this tomorrow), Louis Verdad showed his newest collection titled Louver. If anyone has ever questioned LA’s fashion scene, last night’s show would have made their jaws drop.
The Decades-Verdad teaming for the event was apropos as there was much vintage influence in Verdad’s collection. A 1920s style, ebony crocheted gown accessorized with patent leather opera gloves, punctuated with a crystal and spiked studs encrusted bracelet mingled with a 1960s looking wool cape and cap ensemble. The entire collection was a tug of war of between goth/fetish chic and vintage glamour. Normally, these aesthetics don’t seem like they go together, but the juxtaposition of patent leather, delicate chiffon, crocheting, and studs was stunning.
The collection really resonated with me because mixing and matching design elements is what real style is all about. Those of us that wear vintage know this. Being a fan of mixing the unexpected, I felt the collection really reflected how LA people dress – we wear old and new, edge with femininity, high and low.
Louis Verdad has always had a feminine edge to his designs and is obviously influenced by great design from the past. He seems to feel comfortable in the world of frills, but just as relaxed in leather. He’s the perfect designer for any rock and roll rooted subculture girl. I feel lucky to have such a great designer who goes beyond simply wearable, mainstream fashion call Southern California home.
If you want to seem more of the collection, go to my Flickr feed. Stay tuned for the Decades vintage clothing fashion show, in video!
Photos: ©Sandra Mendoza-Daly, DebutanteClothing.com