On Friday night, I headed over to the Lady Liberty Building in Downtown LA for B.Son. The reception before the show was the first look of Los Angeles Fashion Week, a William Rast-esque, leather-clad, skinny jean, and PVC-legging loving crowd with a quintessential LA-hipster vibe.
I met up with Katie (a fellow BARE Staffer), got our seats, and were happily surprised with a secret opening show by Los Angeles based, COA. The collection was a marriage of all our favorite trends: acid washed and distressed 5-pocket jeans, patent leather, tailored bomber/motorcycle jackets, tight-fit tuxedo suits, and skinny black ties. COA also had some memorable draped knit pieces and the most comfortable looking hoodies on the most beautiful male models…
After the show, Katie and I caught up with Zack, one half of COA’s design team. Along with learning that he’s born on Valentine’s Day and likes El Torito, Zack discussed how the functionality of the collection was based on the philosophy that every aesthetic needed a purpose and function.
COA focuses on the details and no detail is frivolous. COA successfully amalgamates deliberately practical design with current consumer demands, producing a collection that not only satisfies the desire to look up-to-date, but also amplifies that want with the promise of “cool,” innately woven into their design.
Stay tuned for more pictures to come!
Photos by Katie Sarna