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Best in Show: LA Fashion Week

LA Fashion Week came just as quickly as it went this year. The week highlighted emerging designers who sought to put on display their best garments for Fall/Winter 2014.

Walter Mendez Fall 2014 Collection
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Michael Costello Fall/Winter 2014 Collection
Los Angeles Times

All went as planned-- if you've been keeping tabs on LA Fashion Week throughout the years you would know why this statement is a poignant one. And this year saw the likes of Betsey Johnson, Alex Blass, Walter Mendez, Michael Costello, Hallie Sara and plenty more showcase their Fall 2014 collections at various venues throughout the city.

As with each year, the week's long event coincided with Style Fashion Week, a similar modus operandi as a LA Fashion Week albeit a little more popular then its cohort.

Style Fashion Week brought out the works including fresh concepts that saw collections presenting at roof top venues.

Speaking of concept, Concept LA also etched its mark during the week, showcasing 5 designer collections on the runway and six presentations at the Mack Sennett Studios.

Designer collections to look out for this Fall include: Michael Costello whose runway gowns continue to resonate fanfare. The LA favorite created quite the buzz for himself after his white lace gown made an appearance at this year's Grammy on singer Beyonce.

His Fall 2014 debut summoned luxe wares with velvet, lace, satin and leather fabrics draped on dresses of couture proportions.

Hallie Sara did a fantastic job with her collection with a series of posh looks that utilized luxe pieces in a uniformed way, making the often difficult transition from runway to pret-a-porter purely effortless.

Honorable mentions include; designer Betsey Johnson's West Coast debut after previously showcasing at New York Fashion Week. The launch of a 10-designer showcase sponsored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the American debut of famed Istanbul designer Özgür Masur.

This year's set of collections shed a few bright spots as well as desolate areas which can make a case for much needed improvement.

Overall, LA Fashion Week is in dire need of a revival if it is going to keep up with the pace of a sustainable fashion enterprise that defines the city.

As large as LA is, we'd like to see it right under the noses of cities such as New York and Paris-- it would give the U.S an opportunity to push itself further into the macrocosm of fashion, giving it more than just one city to claim. Here is a glimpse of the best collections from LA Fashion Week (see slideshow)