Fashion’s Night Out at the Beverly Center had a large turnout. I just wonder how the event translated into sales. I’ve been wondering how to define LA style. One way in which I feel it differs from NYC style is in a casual feel and probably less cultish regarding specific fashion designers. From the fashion shows at the Beverly Center’s central court and at Macy’s, it seemed many of the themes for women were familiar (new prep, bohemian, rocker, mod) and have been featured in the fashion glossies. But I’m not convinced that women in Los Angeles really follow the trends of the glossies very carefully. The words of one attendee, “I hope I’m not overdressed,” seemed to encapsulate how in LA, one wants to look good but not appear as if they went to much effort.

The menswear looks appeared to have more of an LA, dressed-down feel. Sport jackets were layered with hoodies or plaid. Jackets with simple shapes were played up with pocket and cuff details, but kept a casual texture. Jeans continue to be popular, sometimes with a distressed visual texture. The pant fit was slim but not as tight as musicians’ skinny pants.

Red Bottoms

Rust-colored tights popped against metallic neutrals (Bebe)

Rust-colored tights popped against metallic neutrals (Bebe)

Red skinny pants on a rocker look

Red skinny pants on a rocker look

FNO attendee with red-checked bottoms

FNO attendee with red-checked bottoms

Overall the colors in the fashion shows were neutral with occasional splashes of color or ethnic print. The most grabbing color was a solid red pant or tight. A few audience members were sporting this look with a darker top.

Dressed-down Jackets

Grey sports jacket with dark hoodie

Grey sports jacket with dark hoodie

Casual layering with sweater and plaid

Casual layering with sweater and plaid

Detailing on a simple jacket silouette

Detailing on a simple jacket silouette

New Prep

Retro-leaning grown-up schoolgirl (Marc by Marc Jacobs)

Retro-leaning grown-up schoolgirl (Marc by Marc Jacobs)

Sky high Mary Janes and knee high's

Sky high Mary Janes and knee high's

Skinny Jeans and Tall Boots

Tall boots with spiky heels

Tall boots with spiky heels

Above: Ella Moss blouse, Citizens of Humanity skinny jeans, INC faux fur jacket

These are not your granny's boots (Guess)

These are not your granny's boots (Guess)

Vintage Boots

Rockin' a vintage boot

Rockin' a vintage boot

Vintage boots and jeans dress down a jacket-tie combo

Vintage boots and jeans dress down a jacket-tie combo