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Robert Rodriguez
Los Angeles hopes to make a fashion statement
Los Angeles hopes to make a fashion statement

What does the rest of the world picture when it thinks of Los Angeles? Hollywood. Celebrities. Palm trees. Perfect weather. Fashion capital? Not so much. Yes, our celebrities are certainly well-dressed. Yes, the L.A. area is the mecca of youth culture, the surf-skate industries and the premium denim scene. It is also home to many of the midrange fashion labels that fill the racks of department stores, including David Meister, Tadashi Shoji, Karen Kane, BCBG, Guess and Robert Rodriguez. There's mass manufacturing, T-shirts (American Apparel) and fast fashion (Forever 21). On the other end of the spectrum is an impressive high-end designer culture that includes Monique Lhuillier and...