In a town where celebrity spotting is an integral part of everyday life, the spotting of Anna Wintour at the Carlos Rosario show was noteworthy. L.A. Fashion week is working hard to deepen its footprint on the worldwide fashion scene and the attendance of Wintour, the editor of Vogue, was a pat on the back for many involved in the week of shows.
Rosario has an impressive resume and is regarded as one of the more promising up and comers on the L.A. scene. He is only 30 years old, but has worked with the Christian Dior Men's collection in Paris and since moving to Los Angeles has also worked in Hollywood as a fabric designer for the movie 'Lemony Snicket's, A Series of Unfortunate Events.' In other words, he gets around in all the right circles.
While the construction was impressive on all the pieces, the emphasis for the collection was definitely on texture and amazing fabrics. The opening ensemble was a white silk charmeuse skirt paired with a bolero type jacket and quilted type shoulders. The quilting actually looked more like the coils of a basket than quilting.
Other looks included such disparate elements as a skirt made of loose wool knit and pinstripe gray suiting paired with a sheer one shoulder top as well as a charcoal gray Deep V-Neck sweater dress bisected by black leather.
Two of the standout pieces were a black sheath type dress with women's faces beaded all over (very '70's feel but not dated at all) and a white silk charmeuse gown with a train and black beads. The dress was beautiful and would look right at home on someone on the red carpet at an awards show (this is Los Angeles after all).
While the models' hair, makeup and overall appearance were extremely unflattering (see the accompanying photos for examples) the unique fabrication and strong construction were enough to make an impact on members of the audience, both veteran and newcomer. Carlos Rosario definitely has some original ideas, an incredible eye for textiles and a strong future as one of the bright stars in the Los Angeles design sky.