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Project Runway's Gordana Gehlhausen will show her designs at tomorrow's event. Image via á LA Mode Productions
Project Runway's Gordana Gehlhausen will show her designs at tomorrow's event. Image via á LA Mode Productions

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LA Fashion Week—or rather, LA Fashion Month—is upon us, and we did a double-take when we spied two very different Designer and the Muse events that bookend all the fashionable festivities going down in October. As California Apparel News points out, the separate shindigs might share the same theme of showcasing local designers and their stylish inspirations, but they're being produced by two different parties.

While newcomers á LA Mode Productions will kick off LAFW with tomorrow's bash at the Sofitel Hotel's Riviera 31 Lounge, industry vets Fashion Group International's LA chapter—which staked claim to the name in 2008—is heading up their own fifth annual affair on October 23rd at Mr. C. Hotel. Despite their same-name Beverly Hills shows, both camps insist that there's no bad blood between them.

"We are in support for FGILA [...and this is] not a hostile takeover," says á LA Mode co-founder Dorothy Mannfolk, adding that the label "is not copyrighted and is not unique to FGILA." Meanwhile, Linda Arroz of FGILA tells the fashion news site that there's plenty of room for everyone in LA's style scene, but also points out that the nonprofit organization was the first to use the name in 2008.

For the full lineup and deets for both producers' events, visit FGILA's page here and á LA Mode Productions' page here.
· Dueling Designer & The Muse Events for LA Fashion Week [CAN]
· LA Fashion Council Reveals LAFW Runway Lineup at The Grove [Racked]