Market Watch: Kain and The Eternal

Kain Spring 2012

There's something about L.A.–based labels that is just fantastic. Don't scoff; I know L.A. Fashion Week isn't ever going to happen like New York's, but there is a slew of labels that makes chic, flattering, relaxed clothes with killer prices.

Case in point: Kain. Designed by sisters Amanda and Melanie Kain, the label has been around since 2008 and started as a T-shirt concept. But that's evolved into knits, dresses and separates. For Spring 2012, the brand's offering slouchy tops, striped sweaters, and gorgeous tanks. Essentially everything you want to wear come warm weather. And you don't have to live in L.A. to get it: Net-a-Porter carries the line and prices hover at the $150 and less mark. Genius!

Jackets  Theonne's Spring 2012

Another brand in the wow, isn't L.A. chic? category is The Eternal. Leather jackets reminiscent (but not too much) of Rick Owens? Sign me up please! The jackets are by far the best pieces of the bunch, and there's something about a green leather vest that sends thrills down my spine. OK, New York, your move.

Photos: Looks from Kain's Spring 2012 collection (top); Jackets from The Eternal's Spring 2012 collection (bottom)