Akiko Ogawa: Working a multitude of motifs, from tartans sashed around dresses and splashed on trousers, to streamers flying off skirts and gowns with oversize bustles, Akiko Ogawa's theatrics sometimes obscured her strong sense of proportion and color.
Frank Tell: Life on Planet Mod was the vibe of Frank Tell's 18-piece collection, which offered up Sixties-inspired party dresses as well as some more wintry ensembles in Scottish wool and Mongolian fur.
Obedient Sons & Daughters: For their second go at women's wear, Christina and Swaim Hutson again played to their mixed-gender motif with somber English-inspired clothes, but the collection was unfortunately off the mark with those brocade tuxedo jackets worn over shorts or droopy riding pants.
Don the Verb: Yanina Landsaat and Hana Astrom's second collection offered sculptural coats and dresses that their downtown clientele will love, though most of the wacky separates could have used a rethink.
Na-be by Victorya Hong: For her first runway show, Victorya Hong saluted the Eighties power woman with double-breasted silhouettes and pleats, pairing sleeveless blazers with slim cropped pants for day, though some oh-so-retro colors and cutout details for evening took her inspiration to the extreme.
Juan Carlos Obando: An Angeleno well worth discovering, Juan Carlos Obando put his considerable draping skills to work in a series of elegant gowns, but it was his minidress hand-sewn from more than 100 yards of silk chiffon strips that really wowed the crowd.