Fashion's Night Out 2011

A lot of people claim that L.A. is devoid of fashion, and to be honest, I got a little angry when I saw this Spearmint Rhino-looking mess outside of Kitson for Fashion's Night Out:

dressed for the male gaze, not for beauty

But it got better. In fact, I had more fun than last year and took in a fashion show. Santa Monica Place had been closed for eons, had a giant L.A. Facelift and unveiled last year. It's now an open-air mall, sadly devoid of one-of-a-kind boutiques but filled with mall-ish stores of the uptown variety. Thankfully, there are exciting new features, like free KCRW concerts with everyone's crush, Jason Bentley, non-mall restaurants (take that, Sbarro!) and outdoor movies.

Laura Mercier makeover
Santa Monica Place stepped up for Fashion's Night Out with free makeovers, courtesy of Laura Mercier and Carlton Hair. Free ice cream samples, contests and best of all - a full-on fashion show. I can never deny that New York is the epicenter for American fashion. But like the song goes, "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with."

mini cupcakes at Brandy Melville

Amazing stuff from Betsey Johnson

wine and cheese spread at Kitson

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