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In case you're just a casual follower of fashion, we'll warn you: in the coming weeks, the fashion blogs and magazines (especially those based on the West Coast) are going to be featuring a bunch of questionable new designers and labels. The reason? A slew of trade shows in Las Vegas. We're not going, but we've already taken it upon ourselves to start hunting good, interesting, new labels that haven't already been done to death.
Like Contrarian. If the aesthetic looks a little familiar, it's because one of the designers is an Alice + Olivia alum. (And Taylor Swift wore one of their dresses -- a simple backless piece that was actually pretty demure but everyone exploded at how provocative it was.) We've seen the line in person, had a chance to fondle the fabric and see how it looks in real life. Most of the pieces are fairly dramatic, but fairly fuss-free and easy to wear. Contrarian isn't a one-trick-pony line, either: in addition to the sexy dresses and skirts, the line has bold jackets that veer into Rick Owens territory, with unexpected proportions, funnel necks, and asymmetric hems.
And for the moment, Contrarian has the exclusivity factor going for it: it's new to LA, and there are just two stores that are carrying the label. Look for it at EM & Co and Tiziana.
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