On March 9, with the kickoff charity runway shows and cocktail parties out of the way, the serious business of Los Angeles Fashion Week got underway, with Concept LA Fashion Week at the Ace Gallery leading the charge. Saturday afternoon's show, Gypsy Junkies, looked exactly what it sounds like, vintage-inspired basics with a '70s rocker influence. There was plenty of swingy tops and second-skin leggings done in a burn-out velvet, corduroy pants and jumpers that came in autumnal colors and baggy floral blouses that dipped noticeably longer in the back. An occasional black T-shirt studded with a silver cross and paired with a miniskirt was thrown in for edge. Altogether it felt like a photo shoot for Sassy magazine circa 1992, which was very cool then, but not so much now. Not after teens and bloggers alike have been ironically rocking the look for the past couple of years. Designer Marcus Paglialonga got his rust, mustard and dark floral color palette right for fall and the grungy aesthetic isn't dead (heck, Anna Sui has managed to turn it into an entire rock-vintage inspired empire). But Gypsy Junkies is going to need to put a fresh spin on a look that other designers, as well as girls who get dressed up for street style blogs, all seem to do so well.
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