The fashion of Los Angeles is bold, never-too-formal, and chock-full of individualism. Outsiders might mistakenly believe the truest iterations of the “L.A. aesthetic” boil down to athleisure and logomania garb. But a day spent exploring the city illustrates that there are bold and creative experimentations with style happening across Venice, West Hollywood, and other hot spots. And over the past few years an exciting crop of L.A.-based brands, including ERL, Elder Statesman, and No Sesso, have masterfully curated the city’s sunny aesthetic and deftly adapted it for wider tastes. L.A. is a fashion city.
So Vogue went out and captured the creative and inventive street style that fills the City of Angels on a signature sun-soaked afternoon. “Fashion in L.A. is a melting pot of a bunch of different cultures,” one of the video’s style-forward subjects says. There’s a bevy of inspiring looks on display. One denizen shows off a pair of red, 90s-era Adidas boxer’s boots—which are beautifully patinated with scuffs. The boots were a serendipitous find on Ebay. There are great pieces purchased from flea markets, online shops, malls, and luxury retailers like Dover Street Market. One subject effortlessly embodies L.A. trendsetters’ penchant for effortlessly mixing high and low. She pairs a micro mini Miu Miu skirt with a self-chopped tank, high-heeled Timberland boots, and a personal necklace that features a photo of her father. Individualism reigns supreme.
The ever-present sun has a significant influence on the city’s fashion, of course. There are a bounty of sunglasses. One person shows off her pair of yellow-tinted shades and says, “I’m really into light lenses. So you can really see the world in a beautiful colored way.” Another individual wears his colorful bowling shirt with a few buttons undone at the top and bottom, creating a breezy and causal effect. His hands and ears are adorned with desert-hued gemstones, like topaz. There are also shoes one could only practically wear in a car-centric metropolis: namely, ultra-skinny kitten heels.
Check out the wide-ranging and individualistic fashion of L.A. for yourself above.
Director + Photographer: Vivian Kim
Director of Photography: Cory Burmester, Madison McKamey
Editor: Evan Allan
Producer, Vogue: Naomi Nishi
Associate Directors, Creative Development, Vogue: Billie JD Porter, Alexandra Gurvitch
Producer, On-set: Funmi Sunmonu
AC: Alexio Mah
Audio: Glo Marie, Gray Thomas-Sowers
Associate Producer: Courtney Walden
Photo Assistant: Geoff Mau
Production Assistants: Phillip Arliss, Cole Ewing, Bobby McCoy
Featuring: Heji Rashdi, Kailo Elms, Hechan DaSilva, Mariam Noory, Matisse Andrews, Bobby Kim, Ira Chernova, Yasmin Moon, Andrea Galdamez, Alycia Bella, Nico Hiraga
Production Coordinator: Ava Kashar
Production Manager: Kit Fogarty
Line Producer: Romeeka Powell
Senior Director, Production Management: Jessica Schier
Assistant Editor: Justin Symonds
Post Production Coordinator: Jovan James
Supervising Editor: Kameron Key
Post Production Supervisor: Marco Glinbizzi
Director of Content, Production, Vogue: Rahel Gebreyes
Senior Director, Programming, Vogue: Linda Gittleson
Executive Producer: Ruhiya Nuruddin
VP, Digital Video English, Vogue: Thespena Guatieri
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