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Shows go on � in L.A.

In the run-up to New York Fashion Week, Los Angeles found itself abuzz with a series of high-profile fashion happenings, many by designers, including Rachel Zoe and Tommy Hilfiger, who opted for L.A.-area venues and weather instead of showing in the Big Apple this season. Here's a look at those fashion shows by designers in a SoCal state of mind.

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A brand to know: Club Monaco

NEW YORK - It's time to join the club - Club Monaco, that is. This Canadian retail concept with stores across the country is owned by Polo Ralph Lauren and specializes in mid-priced, high-end casual clothing, shoes and accessories for women and men. (Think J. Crew or Banana Republic, but more relaxed and unexpected.)

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Emmy Eff Designs

What: Emmy Eff Designs sells original handcrafted jewelry. Genuine stones and crystals are handpicked and ethically sourced, says artist Emily Powell. Rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces are crafted using metalsmithing and precious metal wire wrapping with stone beads and polymer clay.

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On Style with Dave Carr

Dave Carr is vice president of sales and marketing at Levvel Inc., a technology consulting firm headquartered in Charlotte. He’s built a wardrobe that reflects his enjoyment of design history, and a respect for fine craftsmanship. Carr graduated from Appalachian State with a B.S. in Business Administration. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Catie, and their three daughters.

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Sherry Pollex is busy. She’s vice president of the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, which she and longtime boyfriend Truex started in 2007 to raise money and awareness for initiatives specific to ovarian and childhood cancers. She’s also owner of Lavender Boutique in Mooresville, which she opened in 2007 after educating herself by Googling “How to open my own boutique.” Born in Brighton, Michigan, Pollex, 37, is a graduate of Florida State, where she studied small business entrepreneurship in sports marketing. For her 37th birthday Pollex launched SherryStrong.org, an educational resource where women can learn about ovarian cancer. Pollex is a stage 3C ovarian cancer survivor.