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New Fashion Visions at A+D Museum

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Architects and designers of all stripes came out last Saturday night for Celebrate 2012, the A+D Museum's annual fundraising party. The theme this year, The Wearable, was utterly fashion focused. On auction were clothes and accessories by design icons—such as a swimsuit by Rudi Gernreich, a linen blazer by Richard Meier, and a woven robe by Robert A.M. Stern—as well as by L.A. stalwarts like milliner Louise Green and retro sheath maven Trina Turk.

KCRW DJ Raul Campos spun tunes while cocktails and nibbles kept spirits high for the evening's main event: a runway show that took over the museum's exhibition space. We spotted looks by Karim Rashid, as well as by stylish young architects making their first move into fashion, such as a pink dress by Mimi Lam of Yazdani Studio, which got us excited for SoCal's fresh design vision. Apropos to the architectural crowd, the audience wore lots of smart little black dresses and suits—we spotted a fantastic Issey Miyake jacket—but some of LA's more industrious design denizens turned up in colorful creations to welcome spring.

A+D's clever and eco-conscious design perspective is infused in their rotating exhibitions (next up is Drylands Design, addressing water scarcity). The event's fashion auction was no different, with an array of purely conceptual designs mixed with more wearable creations. We loved the gorgeous jackets made from recycled materials like cardboard, rope and—astonishingly—Q-Tips. Light-up jewelry by Project Runway alum Diana Eng, bold "architectural fragments" by Marmol Radziner, a tongue-in-cheek eyepiece by L.A. Eyeworks, an outrageous belt by John Baldessari for Gelila Couture, a spiral-bound tunic by JC de Castelbajac, and a tubular concept wig by Predock Frane Architects were also up for grabs. Here's to hoping we can see more of LA's smart experimental design on the street—and in future exhibits at this small gem of a museum.

(All runway photos by Harry van Gorkum at Lighttravelsphoto.com.)

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