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Recap: Jen Awad Goes Retro, Bohemian Society Creates Chaos

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To officially kick off LAFW, yesterday the Los Angeles Fashion Council invited local fashion fans, editors and influencers to the stunning Carondelet House to view a handful of spring/summer 2013 collections from LA's top talents. We swung by to catch the latest looks by two Racked-approved designers: Jen Awad and Bohemian Society.

Jen Awad pleasantly surprised us this season by swapping her signature avant-garde look for a more vintage aesthetic that felt very timely, considering that period dramas like Mad Men and Downton Abbey are all the rage right now. Highlights included mixed checkered prints, bow front cutout dresses, sheer lace and killer cat-eye sunnies.

Over at Bohemian Society, things got weird—on purpose. Designer Victor Wilde set out to produce a collection that celebrates the unexpected creativity triggered by deconstruction in a chaotic world. What that meant was lots of mesh, heavy embellishments, fierce ombré fabrications and tons of NSFW nudity. The show's shock value peeked during the finale, when an intricate tulle statement frock and raver-ready light-up dress hit the runway.
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