Los Angeles may finally be making its way into the world of high fashion. Earlier this year, we learned that Hedi Slimane, the new creative director for YSL, is ditching Paris and planning to design and oversee the French house while residing in Los Angeles. He has been living in LA and focusing on photography for the past several years. The latest to make the move: John Galliano. The former creative director of Dior and his name sake label fell from grace when he was charged with making anti-semitic remarks while out one evening in Paris in December 2011. Rumor has it, Galliano is relocating, as well. Is Los Angeles the next fashion capital?
The biggest factor working against LA as high fashion material, the California Fashion Association. The CFA is the biggest opponent of the Innovative Designer Protection and Piracy Protection Act (IDPPPA), which would extend copyright protection to fashion designs. While some of the industry's most prominent designers, as well as the CFDA, are pushing for protection, the CFA vehemently opposed to it. Why? Because the CFA "boasts" a roster of some of the industry's most notorious pirates: Forever 21, Guess and Stony Apparel, who thrive on the ability to copy others' original designs.