LA Fashion Week – Anthony Franco

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 Fashion week shows can have a bit of a reputation for stoicism. True, nobody wants an overly enthusiastic fan running down the runway screaming, “GENIUS! I MUST HAVE IT ALL!”, but it can be fun to gauge the crowd’s reaction and pick up on its energy.  True to form, Anthony Franco’s “Flor de Agua” presentation was a refreshingly energetic alternative to the traditional fashion week shows.

Set poolside atop the fabled Thompson Beverly Hills, Franco’s runway presentation was a breath of fresh city air. There was something intoxicating about the scene, and I’m not talking about the free-flowing sparkling wine. There’s just a certain magic that comes with being surrounded by city lights on a warm summer night, and that energy fed into the crowd during the show. Although everyone stayed appropriately behind the runway line, gasps and hoots popped out as the models walked the runway, and a murmur rose and fell over the music as guests discussed the looks in hushed tones.

Fashion-forward men will appreciate the eye-catching suits that walked the runway, reinventing the traditional closet staple. My favorites included an iridescent teal suit as well as a beautifully tailored jacket and trousers that blended seamlessly from coral to ivory and back again, with sprawling handwritten notes popping against the fabric. Another look featured a classic suit in a beautiful light grey topped with an unexpected floral-print jacket draped across the shoulders. Even if you haven’t been a fan of the coat-as-cape look, you will be now.

Striking women’s looks straddled structure and whimsy, with beaded and lace embellishments dominating the runway. The collection was refreshingly balanced, with avant-garde looks followed by understated dresses that focused on tailoring. I fell in love with an embellished mod shift dress that was styled with elbow-length gloves and a serious statement pendant. The crowd’s favorite was clearly a striking teal peplum dress with a body-con silhouette and accented with a tremendous headpiece.

Overall, Anthony Franco‘s presentation was eye-catching, energizing, and refreshingly fashion-focused. Fashion week can turn into a bit of a circus, and sometimes the designs get lost in the shuffle. But despite the evening’s opulent setting, the focus stayed firmly on the beautiful creations. The rooftop simply couldn’t compete.

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Anthony Franco fashion week, Flor de Agua, Thompson Hotel, Thompson Hotel Beverly Hills

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Anthony Franco fashion week, Anthony Franco designer, Flor de Agua, Thompson Hotel, Thompson Hotel Beverly Hills

Anthony Franco fashion week, Anthony Franco designer, Flor de Agua, Thompson Hotel, Thompson Hotel Beverly Hills

Anthony Franco fashion week, Anthony Franco designer, Flor de Agua, Thompson Hotel, Thompson Hotel Beverly Hills

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Anthony Franco, Anthony Franco fashion week, Anthony Franco runway, Flor de Agua, Thompson Hotel, Thompson Hotel Beverly Hills

Anthony Franco, Anthony Franco fashion week, Anthony Franco runway, Flor de Agua, Thompson Hotel, Thompson Hotel Beverly Hills

True to chatty Sarah form, I also made some fantastic new friends at the show! Only in LA would you find four fashionistas with almost-matching haircuts that cross gender lines, right? Selfie superstar Benji posted this photo, and also check out wardrobe stylist Brandon on Instagram as well!

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Birthday Wish List

I’ve always been a dreamer. Whether it’s tearing out pictures of prom dresses when I was twelve or pinning images of giant houses in Presidio Heights, I’ve always allowed my imagination to wander and make wish lists. With both my birthday and Jim’s birthday falling next Tuesday, I’ve been in full-on fantasy mode, letting myself imagine what I’d treat myself to if I had the means.

I’ve been eyeing an absurdly expensive pair of booties by Rag & Bone, which I’d wear to death with velvety, ruby-red corduroys. To up the cozy (and the glam!), I have my eye on two stand-out sweaters from Anthropologie. And ever since I borrowed my friend’s Pegasus necklace, I’ve dreamed of making it my own. And with a Marc by Marc Jacobs store only steps away from my apartment, I’ve been visiting his new beautiful cross-body bag with regularity.

Jim and I are in saving mode right now, so we’re going to take ourselves out to a birthday dinner and leave the gift-giving to a later time (although some pumpkin pie bubble bath might just make the cut!). We’re so fortunate to get to live in San Francisco and celebrate our birthdays with family and friends, so I’m in full wardrobe remix mode for events this weekend. But hey- a girl can still dream, right?

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Pop-Up Parade at Pattern Bar LA

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The shows at fashion week may get all the glory, but it’s often the events off the runway that are the most memorable. I popped into Pattern Bar in LA’s Fashion District to check out a pop-up shop featuring Parade and Modern Archives. Parade by Neely Schearer is a fashion-forward, playful line that embraces pattern as the new neutral. I remarked on how happy and sunshine-y the collection felt, and Neely agreed that pattern was a way of life for her and that she always gravitated towards fun, eye-popping prints. I love how she practices what she preaches- see the expert pattern mixing in her outfit above!

Neely also filled me in about Modern Archives, a line by her attorney friend Mae Ho who designs beautifully constructed, tailored pieces. Seeing the two lines together brought out the stark differences between the two collections, but the juxtaposition amplified the best in each line. The deep greys and crisp lines of Modern Archives became a little more playful sitting next to the Parade pieces, and Neely’s bold and borderline-psychedelic designs became office-ready when styled with one of Mae’s pieces. It’s obvious why the two are friends- despite their differing aesthetics (or perhaps because of it), their pieces play beautifully together!

Many thanks to Neely for taking time out of her day to take me through her collections! You can see more of her work here, and be sure to check out Modern Archives while you’re at it.

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Parade by Neely Shearer, Neely Shearer, Pattern Bar fashion week, LAFW pop-up, Pattern Bar fashion

Parade by Neely Shearer, Neely Shearer, Pattern Bar fashion week, LAFW pop-up, Pattern Bar fashion

Parade by Neely Shearer, Neely Shearer, Pattern Bar fashion week, LAFW pop-up, Pattern Bar fashion

Parade by Neely Shearer, Neely Shearer, Pattern Bar fashion week, LAFW pop-up, Pattern Bar fashion

Parade by Neely Shearer, Neely Shearer, Pattern Bar fashion week, LAFW pop-up, Pattern Bar fashion

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