Designers (and BFFs!) Lauren Alexander and Gabby Applegate kicked off LA’s Fashion Week by premiering their Fall collection, Witches, this past Friday the 13th. With the help of Bolthouse Productions, they turned Hollywood’s famed Chateau Marmont into an other-worldly panorama of ghoulish pleasures and Victorian haunts, complete with ouija boards and taxidermy still-life. What started as a quirky nickname for the goth-clad duo became a full-fledged line – 19 pieces in honor of the 19 “witches” hung during the Salem Witch Trials – in black velvet, silk and lots and lots of lace. The pieces were shown vignette-style, with models donning kohl-rimmed eyes and permanently gloomy dispositions. The standout pieces were the tiered ruffle lace capes and one shoulder dresses, while the ubiquitous lace leggings brought continuity to the collection. This ain’t for the faint of heart, gals, so if you like to venture the town BEFORE sundown, make sure to mix it up with daytime neutrals suitable for the rest of the mere mortals.
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