L.A. has a new crop of designers, and Louiza Babouryan is ever so chic. I was delighted to be invited to preview her Fall collection at Alchemy Works this week. The designer, who launched her collection three years ago, took inspiration from her high school days as an art student in the '90s to create her Fall collection. It was chalk full of poet style tops, bohemian chiffon dresses and hand knit sweaters in a palette of black, white and cream."It’s basically what I wore back then, but made in more luxurious fabrics," said Babouryan. "It’s a mixture of what my mom made me, some vintage finds and hand knitted sweaters." The designer added that the craft of fashion design itself also really inspires her work. She grew up watching her mom make clothes from scratch by taking measurements, chalk drawing and cutting the patterns. While Babouryan's silhouettes are very classic and timeless, the patternmaking and finishes are very progressive. "You would be surprised at how they’re constructed," she explained. Some of the patterns are made from shapes such as circles, triangles or even three yards of uncut fabric. "I love challenging myself that way – going through the back door basically," she said. As you can guess, it was well worth the trip to downtown LA's Art District to view Babouryan's chic designs. As an added bonus, I was able to check out the curated selection of art, accessories and lifestyle goods offered at one of LA's newest and coolest concept stores. Alchemy Works, which opend in November, is owned by Apolis founder, Raan Parton's wife Lindsay, and is located on Third Street just a few storefronts down from Apolis. The gallery, retail store and event space has a tasteful selection of SoCal-inspired wares with a vintage aesthetic. From Almond longboards to Will Adler prints, Stephen Kenn leather totes and a 1959 Fiat, the store's unique products make it a downtown destination. If you haven't been to the Third Street and Traction intersection recently, I highly recommend going. There are many new stores and great restaurants to explore. Scroll down for more images of Babouryan's collection as well as some of my favorite finds from Alchemy Works.
More images after the break.