Saturday evening marked the viewing of a few spring 2013 collections by Los Angeles designers on the rise Paul Redmond and Elliott Evan. Geometric flashes of neon against a sharp gray palette with straight shapes and contrasting crown braids characterized Paul Redmond's high energy, futuristic installation. Given my affinity for printed denim, you can probably guess which piece was my favorite.
I'd likely pair the pants (above, right) with a black cable knit sweater and platform pumps.
The spring 2013 collection of Elliott Evan (pictured below) fused brightly printed jackets with dark, edgy, and utilitarian pieces for men. Slouchy jodhpur-esque trousers in an array of shiny textures mixed seamlessly with sporty hoodies, playful jackets, and unexpected zip tunics for an inspiring and directional mix of sporty menswear with new proportions. The collection, titled "In Dreams Forever", makes me wonder what kind of lust worthy pieces would be created if Elliott were ever to venture into women's clothing. I especially appreciated the ultra wearable outerwear, most notably the ocean print jacket (second from the bottom). The lace top also appealed to me, since not only is lace on-trend, it becomes intriguing and more directional when shown as menswear. Elliott's vision for spring was one of those collections that pushes the boundaries of men's fashion and refreshes your view on the status quo.