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Arts and entertainment organization Gen Art kicks off LA Fashion Week each season with a showcase of emerging designers. Fall '08's New Garde included collections from Jesse Kamm, JMary and Le Sang des Betes.
Jesse Kamm's "Into the Bush" collection featured blouse-y safari-inspired looks in earthy hues - chalk, dust, flax, aubergine, poppy and goldenrod among them. Tree ring and bird track prints were a stand-out, very wearable and hand printed by the designer.
· Jesse Kamm [jessekamm.com]
Though JMary's wool and silk taffeta and chiffon collection looked a bit unfinished, pleating added nice detail to cap sleeve blouses and dresses.
· JMary [jmary.com]
Le Sang des Betes by Trang Chau's "Aborigine" collection was all about shape and contrast with a primarily black-and-white collection with an Eighties appeal - asymmetrical 'dos included.
· Le Sang Betes [lesangdesbetes.com]
And for all the excessive sweaters, sponsor Botox was in full effect hawking underarm injections to stop schvitzing; pamphlets were no contest for the Botox girls in raining glass boxes. Project Runway Season One contestant Kara Saun, a Botox spokesperson who apparently deals with an excessive number of sweating clients, also had three models there in frilled, meticulously-pleated floor-length numbers.
· Kara Saun [karasaun.com]