7 Reasons You Should Be Following LA Fashion Week

The underdog of the Fashion Week world strikes back in a big way.

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The traditional four-city tour known as Fashion Month may have come to a conclusion with the end of Paris Fashion Week, but the the fab fall style didn't stop coming down the runways.

Though it may not draw the buzz or famous faces that New York, London, Milan and Paris do, it's home to some of the most innovative and wearable collections of the season. Plus, it's a lot closer to home for Hollywood's style set, making it a breeding ground for surprise celeb appearances.

But those are just a couple of the reasons LA Fashion Week is one of our favorite events of the year.

Check out the other reasons why, if it's not already, LA Fashion Week — and its array of up-and-coming designers — should be on your fadar (fashion radar).

1.It's a Breeding Ground for Emerging Designers Unlike the other cities, where established designers take center stage, the highlight of LA Fashion Week is its emerging talent. In fact, multiple up-and-coming designers often share the runway in one big show that showcases LA's newest talent. This season, Project Ethos teamed upwith eDowntown Los Angeles Art Walk to host a series of runway shows featuring new designers such as Jose Galeana (Galeana Designs) and Lawren Michele Cappelletti (Lawren Michele). And every year, GenArt hosts "Fresh Faces in Fashion" as a way to generate excitement for the new blood to hit the LA fashion scene.

2.It's The Only Place Where Richie Sambora's Fashion Show Would Be Among the Highlights Rocker (and Heather Locklear's ex) Richie Sambora and design partner Nikki Lund, the pair behind Nikki Rich, chose LA Fashion Week to present their new styles, including their fall 2013 military-meets-rocker collection. WIth Sambora's connections and star fans that include Carrie Underwood,Jon Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Kate Beckinsale,Nicole Scherzinger, Miley Cyrus,Taffani Theissen and Karina Smirnoff, the duo could have been a hit at NYFW, but they chose to present in LA once again.

3.It's Not Just About the Fashion In addition to the runway shows, musical performances and lifestyle exhibits are all part of LA Fashion Week. Did we mention there's even an official beer sponsor, Peroni Nastro Azzurro?

4.Little-Known Celeb Favorites Like Ina Soltani Debut Their Collections Sure we all know that Jennifer Lawrence loves her Dior, Anne Hathaway and Valentino are BFF (yes, despite the Oscars mishap), and Balenciaga and KStew were quite the pair when Nicholas Ghesquiere was at the helm. But LA Fashion Week is where you'll discover the amazing designers celebs don’t' want you to know about — they may not have a big house to back them, but they have the talent and they're where celebs turn for one-of-a-kind looks that the world can't instantly put a finger on (i.e, "Lanvin Resort 2013!"). This year, you might spot Eva Longoria, Kim Kardashian or Jennifer Lopez checking out the glam designs by one of their favorite lesser-known designers, Ina Soltani. Another celeb favorite, ROXANNE NIKKI, favored by Carmen Electra, Christina Milan and Nicki Minaj is also among the designers showing at LA Fashion Week.

5.The Runways Even Offer Trends for Teens and Tots Even Tinsletown's tween and child stars get plenty of eye candy at LA Fashion Week — this season marked the first time that an entire day was devoted to kids and young adult fashion.

6.LA Has Its Own Red Dress Show New York Fashion Week's red dress collection isn't the only show raising money for a good cause with a red-hot runway. Fashion Hope's Go Red for Women Celebrity Dress Show raises money for another red charity — to build awareness and raise funds for the fight against human trafficking.

 7.You'll See A Little Bit Of Everything From the couture retro-inspired fashion at Ash Haute Couture to the casual collegiate looks at XCV1 to the swimsuits at Brigade, there's a little bit of everything at LA Fashion Week. Men, women, kids will all find something to fit their style and lifestyle. In other words, these clothes aren't just made for the red carpet or big budgets.

What's your favorite LA Fashion Week look?  Sound off in the comments below.

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