Once a year, Vogue and the Council of Fashion Designers of America pack up the young designers they’ve anointed the best and brightest, a few choice staff members and some friends, and ship the whole lot westward to Los Angeles.

The occasion is the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund showing, the last in a series of events before the panel of judges (including fashion designers, business executives, fashion council board members and magazine editors) decides on whom to bestow the fund’s $400,000 grand prize, to be announced Nov. 7.

Why Los Angeles?

“It’s sunny,” said David Neville of Rag & Bone, one of the competition judges. “And we’re English. And we want to live in California.”