The Western Front In Paris
“The designer community in L.A. is really close-knit,” said Katy Rodriguez, who last night teamed up with fellow Angeleno Gregory Parkinson to show their Spring collections in Paris. “Gregory has been showing here for ten years. It just felt right to jump onboard.” For her City of Light debut, the designer and owner of Resurrection was inspired by industrial designer Carlo Mollino’s posthumously found stash of erotic (but chic) Polaroids. Rodriguez had skirts with ruffled chiffon bustles, leather bralettes, and flouncy cocktail dresses in iridescent taffetas (specially sourced from the French mill Bucol) that were more red carpet than red light.
Meanwhile, Parkinson’s print-laden collection reads bohemian at first glance, but closer inspection reveals hand embroidery and one-of-a-kind textiles that are evidence of meticulous work that’s quite far from hippiedom. “These days, clothing needs to be special,” said Parkinson. “Clients ask me to adapt something and I do it, because I’m a small company and that is what I can offer.” The personalized service has earned him some dedicated fans. Parkinson created the bridesmaid dresses for Vogue West Coast fashion editor Lawren Howell’s wedding this past weekend. “Each one is hand-dyed a different color,” he said, showing us a photo from the San Francisco wedding on his iPhone. “Women don’t want to look the same.”