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Kyle Svendsen's Debut Collection Inspired by Bloods and Crips

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Friday night, designer Kyle Svendsen hosted an intimate viewing of his debut collection at his space in Downtown LA. Guests sipped champagne and mingled amongst the designs while tracks by Marina and the Diamonds played in the background.

The designer's Spring/Summer 2013 collection, named "Made in America," was influenced by infamous, violent LA gangs and '90s hip-hop. The prominent color palette was red (Bloods) and blue (Crips) and many garments featured bullets and gun holster prints. Svendsen added his signature "K" dart to some of the pieces, which were made with fabrics ranging from lycra to silk chiffon.

The Colorado native said that he grew up listening to Ice Cube and idolizing inner-city culture. "When I went to do my first collection, I wanted to do something that I strongly believe in," Svendsen explained. Check out his debut offerings, above.—Catherine Wright
UPDATE: Click here for a new interview with Kyle where he further explains his inspiration.
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