LA Fashion Week future remains unclear

The bright, eye-popping colors shown for the spring season at L.A. Fashion Week stood in contrast to a somber question: Will this city have a fashion week again?

Last week’s announcement from Smashbox Studios that this Mercedes-Benz L.A. Fashion Week, ending Thursday, would be its last with event organizer IMG threw into question when and where an official fashion week in the City of Angels would happen.

The companies have partnered on the event for the last five years, giving local designers a chance to show in one place at Smashbox’s spacious photo studios in Culver City. This season featured 23 collections, including those from Christian Audigier’s popular street-wise line Ed Hardy; “The Hills” star Lauren Conrad; awards show gown master Kevan Hall; and stylish label Whitley Kros, co-designed by rocker Beck’s wife Marissa Ribisi.