From Los Angeles with Love: LA Fashion Week Kicks off on Friday the 13th

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Pictured: The skyline of downtown Los Angeles and the announcement of LA Fashion Week

Tomorrow is Friday the 13th, traditionally an omen of bad luck for the superstitious. But not for a Recessionista like me. There’s nothing unlucky about the start of LA Fashion Week. Yes, Recessionistas we have our very own fashion week twice a year (March and October) to highlight all the cool creations from the left coast. Although this year’s menu may feature McDonald’s McCafe as the beverage of choice rather than sparkling champagne, it’s very much worth checking out. There are a couple of reasons. One is just the spectacle of beauty in the art of fashion. Some of my favorites like Cynthia Steffe will be showing. There will also be up and coming designers showing. These talents bring us refreshing ideas about how to spruce up for spring. And once you have those ideas, well then you are off an running to look for lower priced versions if you like the look but don’t like the price. Or, if you have the courage to be frugal you can just wait until the following season when some of the stuff will show up at Loehmann’s Back Room. Check the calendar of events to see what coming up for the next week. LA Fashion District where the event occurs is a rather special place and holds some excellent deals for locals. There’s the California Mart (open at special times to the general public) and the overall Fashion District always open on Saturday for retail shopping. The LA Fashion District is a bargain hunter’s paradise, with over 1,000 stores that sell to the general public at discounted prices. Shoppers can expect to find bargains of 30% to 70% off of retail prices on apparel and accessories for the entire family, plus textiles and flowers. If you are reading from Los Angeles, you should go check out the deals downtown. Click here to learn about sample sales in the district.

Another surprising Friday 13th event that will be available online to Recessionistas all over the US, is Gilt’s sale of Perricone MD skincare products tomorrow. My sister and I both use Perricone products and take the vitamins. If you have used Perricone, you know the product can sometimes be pricey. So I’m excited to see what the Gilt Groupe will offer tomorrow. Click here to join Gilt to shop the sale as my guest.

Pictured: Gilt Groupe’s Friday the 13th Sale on Perricone MD Skincare Products

If you’re reading from outside the US, check out the Perricone website for deals. Perricone ships internationally, so you will be able to enjoy the products. When shopping their website, use the coupon code offered for additional discounts.
Pictured: A coupon code from the Perricone MD website

Today’s Gilt sale also features LA designer favorite, the fabulous Trina Turk.

Pictured: Trina Turk fashions at today’s Gilt Groupe sale.

Bon Fetes Recessionistas.
Don’t let a black cat cross your path on Friday the 13th. Remember, stick closely to the sides of the bargain aisles 🙂
for safety’s sake.

It’s Friday the 13th after all. Superstition is the way!

Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.


  1. Anonymous

    March 14, 2009 at 2:08 am

    Loves Superstiton by Stevie!!! And had NO Idea LA had a “fashion week”. How interesting!

  2. Joe

    March 27, 2009 at 6:42 am

    McDonald’s is really smart to add so many new coffee products to their menu, their snatching up the wander crowds of former Starbucks addicts