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The British Fashion Council's London designer showcase in LA earlier this year wasn't just inspiring for Angelenos—the trip sparked creativity in the participating talent, too.
After wowing us with her heavy metal crop top at Ace Gallery, designer Holly Fulton took a liking to our city's upbeat spirit, so much so that it inspired the theme of her spring 2013 collection at London Fashion Week. "I found the optimism and all those saccharine colors of the place very infectious," she revealed to Vogue backstage.
Fulton went on to explain that the "unofficial muse" of the season was Patti McGee—the first female pro skateboarder and the winner of the 1965 Women's National Skateboard Championship in Santa Monica. The West Coast vibes flowed generously through the collection, which featured a kitschy nod to sportswear and sunshine-ready partywear in punchy prints.
· Holly Fulton [Official Site]
· Holly Fulton Spring 2013 RTW [Vogue]
· 14 Fierce Looks from BFC's London Designer Showcase [Racked]