LA Fashion Week has always been deemed a 'fun' fashion week, renowned for its casual LA style and showbiz glamour, with front rows consistently littered with Hollywood stars.

While it's never been taken as seriously as your New Yorks, or your Londons, it has been starting to carve out a name for itself in recent years. However this year, an even bigger celeb-centric presence has meant that tensions have risen within the ranks of the designer mainstays and they've got the claws out.

The week so far has seen the likes of Hills star Lauren Conrad and heiress Nicky Hilton gathering the column inches as they showed designs, and even Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin will get in on the act on the last day, debuting her lingerie collection.

Fashion Week regular Sue Wong is one mainstay who decided not to show at Smashbox studios this week (another significant absence is Ed Hardy), instead staging a private show at her restored historic mansion.

She called the increasing trend for celebrity designers "bogus" and went on to say "I don't believe in reality TV stars turning into designers or a music mogul or a flash-in-the-pan turning into a designer."

She continues: "It's all about merchandising and them trying to capitalize on their 15 minutes of fame. I don't think those kind of houses can be taken seriously. What can be taken seriously is a real, bona fide talent."


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