Digital media, paint on canvas, and multimedia art installations all align solid white walls as you enter Ace Gallery on Wilshire Boulevard. Winding corridors lead to a packed pavement rectangle housing the oh-so familiar white folding chairs filled with a sea of fashion followers, editorial press, local designers, and LA socials anxiously awaiting the initial event of the week with pre-show entertainment consisting of black and white graphic canvas paintings along the walls with a dj playing electronic trance mixes to satisfy the crowd.
Beginning the LAVUK fashion show was a textured-charcoal, velvet sundress with neckline draping – the kind of dress you look forward to living in on the weekends… starting ASAP. Each model wore black eyeliner in a “Zorro”-esque shape across the eyes, immediately forcing you to realize the brand’s tough touch of whimsy. Continuing the event was a glorious collection of silver silk, geometric cutouts of aubergine, and simple silhouettes with a futuristic spin. Pops of brights, like in a button neck coat or accent peaking through a cutout dress, could also be seen throughout the Tibetan-influenced color palette of royal purples, power oranges, and natural greys. Following the ’70s revival trend was a tweed blazer of tan wools with original design details, wide-leg, high-waist trousers of gold, and playful satin blouses for the new woman of the decade. Other favorites include a zip front skinny trouser and an ivory stripe blazer any 20-something office inhabitant would kill to own.
LAVUK is a sweatshop free, eco-friendly brand using only sustainable materials of organic cotton, hemp, and dead stock silks. Each garment is multi-functional and can be styled numerous ways. Not a manufacturer of timeless products, LAVUK also plants a trees via American Forests in association with California Wildlife ReLeaf Program for every garment purchased.