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The crowd that gathered at the Vibiana last night was very different than the one that showed up a few days ago for Stop Staring! There were no women in retro dresses and pin curls. In their place stood men and women dressed mostly in black. There were leather leggings, really deep men's v-neck tees and asymmetrical hair cuts.
The look of the crowd reflected the aesthetic of the label they were all lining up to see: DTLA's Skingraft. Inside, cards on each seat held a description of the fall 2012 collection, which was "inspired by hooded storytellers, from ancient Buddhist monks to modern day hip hop lyricists."
The hooded thing was literal—hooded sweats and capes came down the runway, layered over tight cropped leather jackets. Leather was everywhere: trimming the legs of harem pants, in patches on sweatshirts, formed into baseball-style caps, over-the-knee boots, ultra-long gloves and backpacks. The palette was, as always, muted, with a few mint pieces then all gray, beige, white, brown and, of course, black. It all came together in a cohesive, sporty/urban mix perfect for DTLA living. Designer Jonny Cota didn't do a runway show last season, and it's good that he's back—last night was one of the highlights of what's been a somewhat underwhelming week.
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