Archive - 2010

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Adolfo Sanchez at the Hold-Up Gallery
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JLMarks, Balthaczar & Joy Rich @ LA Fashion Weekend
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Green Humanitarian Fashion Show- S/S11

Adolfo Sanchez at the Hold-Up Gallery

Designer Adolfo Sanchez held a fashion installation at the Hold-Up Gallery in Little Tokyo to show off some of his S/S11 collection. (You may remember him from the “Hope in the City 3” show, which you can refer to here.) He chose to have the show at that location because he loved the venue itself, the location, size and the type of art they showcased. The inspiration for the collection was based on the hexagon shape. He loved it so much that he incorporated it into the collection, which already offered clean, classic and modern looks. He used light weight canvas, bleach treated denim and sheer/lightweight silks. My absolute favorite pieces were the long one-shoulder canvas dress (which he created for a film he’s doing the wardrobe for- “The O.D.D. Room”, the short canvas and bleach-treated denim dresses and the black strapless dress with peplum skirt. At the end of the evening, he auctioned off a pink jersey cocktail dress (which was the last of three that were made) and the proceeds that went to benefit breast cancer.

Special Thanks: J, Adolfo Sanchez, Drew of Kroma Events and Hold-Up Gallery (358 East 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012, Phone:213.221.4585, Hours:Tues – Sun:
10:00 am – 6:00 pm)

JLMarks, Balthaczar & Joy Rich @ LA Fashion Weekend

I had the pleasure of attending LA Fashion Weekend hosted by Mikey Koffman of the Gallery LA. The three designers that showcased their designs were JLMarks, Balthaczar and Joy Rich. I was pleased seeing that Jessica Marks was showing her line, as I’ve met her once before (when I first moved to Cali) in her boutique and noticed her unique style. She has had the store for six years and she designs almost everything. This was her first LAFW showing and her collection, “Boho-Disco Mix”, was inspired by her Mom’s modeling pictures from the 70’s. The nostalgic line was a mix of ‘Coachella-chic’ meets Studio 54. I LOVED the sequins (and it’s such a major trend at the moment) and just the way the dresses moved on the runway. Hop on over of the JLMarks Boutique on West Third and take home a piece of the 70’s. The collection retails for around $150-300. The next line, Balthaczar, created by Crayhton Bauxmont-Flynn and Matthias Bartz was also well executed. They get inspired by just about anything, from architecture to art and gardens. “The tactile environment we live in, using all of our sense from the moment we touch something, see something and how it is interpreted for us and makes us feel…” the designers added. Right now, their shoe line is all the rage. It takes two-three months to produce and are handled by seven people. As far as their apparel line, the red dress with the folded enveloped silk chiffon and the long-sleeved green dress with two-tiered skirt and cowl neckline. I also enjoyed every piece in their collection, especially white and yellow one-shoulder number and the finale wedding dress at the end. The model threw the bouquet and my friend, Nikki Brucato happily caught it. Balthaczar retails for $425-950 for shoes (depending on shoe style and material)and $290-3,200 for apparel. For more info, check out their site or contact them via email: contact@balthaczar.com. The last brand and the headliner of the show, was Joyrich. Joyrich was founded in 2007 and opened its flagship store on Melrose with their signature Japan/West Coast style. The name, Joyrich was conceived with the belief of “to simply be rich in joy.” The brand is heavily inspired by the ’80’s and ’90’s. Their presentation was indeed very fun and festive with an emphasis on denim, paisleys, florals(worn by both men and women), and Americana. “[This season] has an infusion of the ’60’s and ’70’s elements into the multi-faceted line. A tribute to freedom and decades of change, the looks are reminiscent of a time when fashion and music were the expressive voice of the youth movement…” explains Leah Schmidt-assistant director/conceptual designer. Their signature pieces from the collection are the star-studded motor jackets (lined with the Amercian flag print) for men and women, the paisley-printed pieces and the pastel floral denim pieces. The Joyrich brand is aimed to make high-end fashions with accessibility, retailing for $45 for tees and leggings and $125-225 for coats and jackets. Joyrich can be found online, as well as Karmaloop.com, Kitson, Patricia Field and Revolve Clothing.

Special Thanks: J, the designers and models, volunteers and staff, Andrea Hanks, Laura Medina for again, helping me with a spot on the media risers, Mike Vensel for loaning me the outfit I wore to the event, Mikey Koffman and Gallery LA.

**Photography by Andrea Hanks**

**Photos by ME**

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.

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