The most anticipated show of season was Louis Verdad, who closed Fashion
Week LA and offered up its grand finale. Although loath to take this slot
again, popular vote ruled him king and he worried all season about topping
fall's rave reviews.
But the world of a visionary is truly magical, and
somewhere between late deliveries, celebrity fittings, financial worries and
the daily stresses of a rapidly growing studio he manages to summon up
inspiration for yet another stellar collection.
This season muses beckoned from the seaside and drew on
a theme of 1930's swimwear for the launch of his capsule knitwear program,
comprising immaculate detailed rayon separates, a cotton/lycra babydoll
dress and cable-knit skirt. To complement, navy poplin sailor dresses with
white piping were nipped and fitted to a tee (I'll have water with lemon,
please) while signature high-waist pants seemed more dramatic and desirable
than ever. A favorite theme of boat necks, polka dots and nautical stripes
hearkened back to his debut GenArt show two seasons ago, while new offerings
like a glenplaid mermaid dress drew audience applause.
Our fashion prince has done it again; taking ditsy
prints and making them sexy, transforming demure white boucle and eyelet
petticoats into today's must-haves. In a town full of vintage junkies, only
Louis knows how to make retro chic look effortlessly modern.