Fashion Week in Los Angeles had always been the “drunk uncle” of the family…….You must include him as he is part of the family, but an eye roll or two seems to come with each mention. However, while it has years to go before it achieves the same recognition as London, New York, Milan, or Paris, it does have a few stars in it’s own right, and Jonny and Chris Cota of Skingraft, well, their star has never shown as brightly.
Held at the iconic Sunset Strip Skybar at The Mondrian Hotel, with help from Hennessey and event gurus Luke Nero and Andres Rigal, this presentation brought out the community’s elite for cocktails, dancing, and an army of leather. The latter seems to be the specialty of the Skingraft kids, a simple rock and roll chic that should be the centerpiece of any man or woman’s collection.
While years past it had more of a biker-feel, with a love of earthy, natural textures and fabrics, the brother’s Cota seem to be driven by urban influences as of late, while still embracing its cow-loving roots. Ball caps and scarves were paired with white leather jackets, resulting in a clean, polished aesthetic. Numerous zippers provided drool-worthy detail, and even an evolution of their iconic fingerless gloves was debuted. All in all, it was a sophisticated evolution of what they know best: That smart cuts and luxe fabrics should be the staples in every fashionista’s closet.
The LA fashion community clamored their way in, and the collection was shown poolside, another homage to California dreams. As we sipped our cocktails and enjoyed a performance by San Francisco’s BoyChild, we smiled realizing that Los Angeles shouldn’t be the bastard of the fashion community for much longer partly in thanks to Skingraft’s terrific collections.