Charlotte Solnicki 2007 Fall/Winter Collection - Fabulous Femininity

Although I haved lived in LA for over six years, I had never been to a fashion show, let alone to Fashion Week, and was lucky enough to attend four shows at Smashbox Studios for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. My fabulous day of fashion firsts began with Charlotte Solnicki's 3 pm show. By the time the third model neared the end of the catwalk, I was observing with a half-open mouth a collection that seemed to be full of what fashion magazines like to refer to as 'must-have items.' I say this because

Thrive 2007-08 Fall/Winter Collection - Bringing Smart and Sexy Back

Los Angeles-based fashion house Thrive introduced their 2007-08 Fall/Winter Collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, held at Smashbox Studios in Culver City. The show was amply delayed by the paparazzi frenzy surrounding a photo-worthy patron in the front row, whom I later recognized as Paula Abdul. After the swarms of shutterbugs finally subsided, things got underway. The collection was called "Flowers In the Garden of Consciousness," and combined modernism and romanticism, with a definite edge.

Oligo Tissew 2007 Fall Collection: Fun and Fearless

Oligo Tissew, whose line proved to be every bit as colorful and original as his name, presented a show that was as fun as it was fashionable.  By far the most daring designer of the night, this neon-friendly collection put an eye-opening spin on simple wardrobe staples, pairing painted t-shirts and cropped jackets with micro-minis,  textured tights, and paint-splattered leggings.Bright metallic denim was tucked into boots while short-sleeved, wildly patterned dresses (my favorites in this line)