Whilst the weather here in Los Angeles has been unseasonably cool and wet, it hasn’t dampened the spirits of the movers and shakers of America’s West Coast, who have been eagerly in attendance for the shows of Spring Summer 2008.

Events have been steadily mounting throughout the week since Sunday’s kick-off, which featured the star-filled showing of Chick by Nicky Hilton – a pleasant mix of easy summer shift dresses, cute collared jackets and slim-fit pants, accessorized with beach-bags and rope-tie belts.

As ever, red-carpet fashion has been a strong presence on the LA runways, with the likes of Randolph Duke – returning to the runway after a seven-year leave - Coco Johnson, Elsie Katz Couture and Kevin Hall showing an array of floor-sweeping and thigh-skimming dresses in a flourish of draped and often embellished fabrics. Hall’s Safari-themed show opened with a children’s African dance group, to be followed with a glamorous interpretation of Africana, complete with tribal and animal motifs. Here, colors were prominently bold and bright, with silhouettes ranging from the simple tunic shape, to bustier-topped, flare-bottomed, waist-nipping body-huggers.

Seemingly a staple for a certain type of West Coast wardrobe, the Christian Audigier show on Tuesday could not be ignored. The man behind his namesake line (as well as the similarly “bling” Ed Hardy label, which didn’t show this season) attracted loyal fans to the show, which was packed-full with those wearing the line head-to-toe, and loving it. The collection itself fulfilled expectations of tattoo-print, faux wear-and-tear and gaudy embellishment.

Simpler, cleaner and altogether more discerning collections were shown by the likes of Grey Ant and Whitley Cross, both labels featuring feminine looks with an emphasis on the high-waist, wide-leg cut for pants and pretty dresses.

In forgivable contrast to these low-key offerings, Richie Rich and Traver Rains of Heatherette showed a typically high-octane collection titled “Route 66: California or Bust.” Created as a follow-up from the duo’s New York show earlier this season, this collection was notably more “LA” with a heightened sense of the slink, skin and sex.

A running theme throughout the presentations in LA, and through the entire production of IMG’s Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week here, has been all things eco. Fitting right in was casual-wear line Ecoganik, designed by Genevieve Cruz. Organic fabrications such as cotton, hemp and silk in a muted grey-beige palette made up a collection of slouchy, loose-fit seperates, apt for beach or bed and fit for a long-haul flight (should the wearer be indifferent to their carbon-footprint, which one suspects they might be).