Archive - November 2010

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Green Humanitarian Fashion Show- S/S11
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Concept 3rd Night (Jen Awad & MILA)

Green Humanitarian Fashion Show- S/S11

It was another successful LAFW for Ally Maize and the Green Youth Movement. They held their regular “Green Humanitarian Fashion Show” at the Sunset-Gower Studios during LA Fashion Weekend and featured: Kristinit, Jonano, KeoK jay, and Emily Factor.Before the show, guests were able to take a test-drive in the new Chevy Volt and feasted on delectable (my mouth is watering at even mentioning them) “AN’s Famous Garlic Noodles” by the renowned Beverly Hills restaurant- Crustacean.

I’ve known Kristinit’s designer Kristina Lenss for awhile. You can read about my first event with Kristina here. Her Spring 2011 collection was inspired by nature and women. She used only the best vintage silks, organic linens and African Wax Prints in the various dresses, skirts, tops and pants. My favorite piece was the “Goddess Dress”, made out of Matelasse Silk that has been hand dyed using low impact methods. I loved its simplicity and that it could be worn at work and then dressed up for a night on the town. The dress retails for about $365. For more information, check out the website. The next collection to grace the runway was the Cambodian brand, KeoK’jay. ‘KeoK’jay means ‘bright green’ or ‘fresh’ in Khmer-the Cambodian language. Their mission- ‘to provide jobs for and empower women with HIV in Phnom Penh, Cambodia through the production of uniquely designed, environmentally friendly clothing, thereby measurably advancing the emotional and physical health of our constituents, and the quality of life for themselves, their families and their extended communities.‘ Designer Rachel Faller was inspired by traffic. According to Faller, “[Traffic] is a central aspect of life that would stick out to anyone traveling to Cambodia…I wanted to represent the chaos and color of the scene that you are greeted by every day when you walk out of your house. At the same time, there’s still bits of country that clash and meld with the city life here.” For each season, they try to find an aspect of Cambodian life for inspiration. Their clothing retails for $12-28 for accessories, $32 for tees, $62-86 for pants/jackets and $64-130 for dresses. This show was their first launch in the U.S. market. They currently sell at six international boutiques and have two shops in Cambodia. The third designer was the Pittsburgh brand- Jonano. Always inspired by nature, designer-Bonnie Siefers uses Peace Silk, hemp, bamboo for her collections. Check out their site for more information. The last design to show was Emily Factor. Her collection was themed, “Sacred Spring” and was inspired by the coastal mountains in the Spring. According to Factor, “The abundance of wildflowers and native plants emits an offering of color and texture, which I translated into pattern. The rolling lines of the hillsides inspired silhouettes, lines and layers.” All the prints are her original artwork and produced digitally by inkjet or airdyed. The solid colors are either hand-dyed or natural shades of peace silk. The jewelry that accompanied the clothing were designed by Alex and Lee. They are all one-of-a-kind hand knotted necklaces, bracelets and belts with crystals and stones embedded in them. I loved her flowy dresses and the high-waisted pants with pleated detail. Check out Emily Factor’s website here.

Special Thanks: J, Mikey Koffman and Gallery LA, the designers, models, Chevy, Crustacean, the staff and volunteers, Andrea Hanks and the red carpet photographers, fellow TwoPointOhLA bloggers: Nikki Brucato and Joan Russell and many thanks to Laura Medina for helping me get a spot on the media riser.

Concept 3rd Night (Jen Awad & MILA)

The last night of Concept LAFW, I had the opportunity to see the collections of Jen Awad and MILA (I unfortunately didn’t make the Bryan Hearns show). Jen’s collection was titled, “Dolls After Dark”- a fairytale dream of dolls and playing dress-up. The models played up the part while boasting Lady Gaga shades. Jen’s signature visible stitching was evident in most of the looks, as well as the bustier and sweetheart necklines. Her logo even made an appearance on a dress and top. My favorite looks were the lavender sparkly dress, the skirts with the flirty draping and ruffles and the short and longer pleated dresses with circles at the bust. MILA designer Mila Hermanovski (and Project Runway season 7 finalist) titled her collection, “Rutilated.” She was inspired by her fascination with mineral formations and the layers of opacities and textures at which they grow and appear. She used mostly all natural silks, cottons and leathers in her collection. “The play of scale and print, in addition, add a surreal touch and refer to the other side of the paradox which is the man-made object that attempts to look natural.” I loved the loose, flowy fit of some of the dresses, along with the geometric prints. The accessories also were very earthy and geometric and worked well with the collection and did I mention that I want a pair of the cute leggings in my closet?!

The installations that night were Katie Kay, Curly-V with Mercura NY sunglasses, Poly Chic and Kao Pao Shu. Curly -V’s installation indeed brought a smile to my face. This was his first collection since working with Jeremy Scott. His designs were bold and unique. My favorite piece-a dress that had yellow hearts with smiley faces on them. “Curly-V is for the dreamers of the world- it represents the beauty of the people and their unrelenting spirit to follow their dreams…” For orders or lookbook inquiries: curly.v.apparel@gmail.com. Curly-V was also helping with the small Mercura NY sunglasses display. Designed by Rachel Cohen-Lunning and Merrilee Lichtenstein Cohen of NY, these haute sunnies can be seen on celebrities and in a lot of editorials. Designer Ela Acosta presented some looks from her “Poly-Chic” (short for Polyurethane-Chic) collection. I loved the futuristic looks (especially the blue draped skirt) and I loved how she was able to play with and manipulate the fabrics and plastic. To learn more about her vision and concept of her “Poly-Chic” collection, check out her site. Kao Pao Shu’s Naida Begeta presented her latest collection: “Draw Yourself Up.” This collection is more ready-to-wear for any occasion. The pieces have screen prints of Naida’s drawings and abstract art concepts. According to the press release: Each exclusive drawing is transferred onto fully constructed pieces of clothing, instead of rolls of fabrics, to be sewed together in a second moment. This allows the eye to receive a different image and impression based on how the piece is worn… I must say, Naida has done it again! She is very talented in that she makes couture-like pieces made of ribbons and seat belts to making these carefully constructed pieces with her own drawings that are screen printed on them, and the image is different every time, depending on how the individual wears it. I would also like to give loads of credit to Naida’s husband and photographer- Marco for the lovely display of the photos he shot of the models at the last KPS event. They were stunning! For more on KPS, check out the site or my other article here.

Special Thanks: J, Mike Vensel, Jen Awad, Mila Hermanovski, Francesca Albanese- Marketing Manager at Kao Pao Shu, Naida Begeta, Photographer- Marco Schillaci, the volunteers and staff of Concept, models, designers.

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