Archive - 2010

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Concept 3rd Night (Jen Awad & MILA)
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Concept/Angel Johnson- LAFW
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"Simply Stylist" Open to the Public- Seminars

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.

Concept/Angel Johnson- LAFW

There was a new designer presenting her collection at the Concept shows at the Spring Arts Tower during LAFW- Angel Johnson. Johnson started designing while in high school and then continued on to graduate from LA Trade Tech in fashion design. She began her career as an assistant stylist, working with Rhianna, Keri Hilson, Mariah Carey, etc., before starting her own line. For her s/s11 line that she presented on the runway, she chose to use a lot of iridescents and fabrics with texture. It was a very costumey and playful collection. According to Angel, her inspiration was a ‘beautiful dream that turned into a nightmare.’ She references skeletons throughout the collection, using dark undertones against all the pastel laces and iridescents. “I really wanted to play with layering different fabrics to create a new type of material. My line is all about experimenting, mixing and matching different pieces that can be interpreted as casual or red carpet ready, depending on your own personal style.” For more on Angel and her avant-garde collection, go here.

Along with the fashion shows (I unfortunately was unable to attend the Fremont show), there were also installations by: Chanteuse, German-born company: ISM Mode, and Elmer Ave.

I would like to thank Mike Vensel for loaning an outfit for me to wear that evening!

*Photos by Andrea Hanks*

*Photos by ME*

"Simply Stylist" Open to the Public- Seminars

This year was the first year that Simply Stylist held an exclusive event (along with a pop-up PR showroom) that allowed guests to mingle and network with three top celebrity stylists: Luke Storey, Lindsay Albanese and Monica Rose. They gave the audience a glimpse of their experiences of working their way to the top. Lindsay went from waitressing to working her way to get into the Union at Western Costume to finally getting her big break on ET, dressing the likes of Maria Menounos to Paula Abdul. From then on, her career took off. She’s one of the style expert judges on a “Hair Battle Spectacular” on Oxygen Network, a contributing style expert at Life & Style Magazine and has styled the red carpet looks of Glee’s Heather Morris and Naya Rivera. She gave the audience a couple pieces of great advice: ‘At the end of the day, it’s all about the client…Your relationship with the client is very important, so be nice to everybody.’ My favorite quote: “Just do it! You’ll figure it out!” Luke Storey as gone from living in his car and assisting a top NYC editorial stylist to founding the School of Style in 2008 and styling the likes of: Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, No Doubt, etc. The School of Style has blossomed from fifteen people having classes in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills to having its headquarters at Smashbox Studios and expanding to NYC and Miami. Luke’s advice to future stylists: ‘About 20% of styling is putting the looks together, while the rest of the job is emailing, phone calls, finding new showrooms/designers, etc…’, ‘something as simple as answering your emails (like how often) could make or break your career…’, ‘stylists and stylists assistants are the key people to help you get in the door and have more jobs and opportunities…’ Monica Rose came from a small town and worked in retail; and didn’t know what a ‘stylist’ was, however, she enjoyed styling her clients at her job. She soon realized that styling came naturally to her and wanted to be that “stressed-out stylist.” She soon began testing with photographers without pay, but was able to get the photos for her book. She had the opportunity to work with her favorite photographer, who helped her get jobs and motivated her to get an agent. It was not long until she got her break styling the Daily 10 on E! and styling the entire Kardashian clan. Her words of advice? ‘If you are patient and humble, you will succeed…’, ‘be creative. Always keep yourself motivated and creative…Go into your closet, your friend’s closet and do a mini-photoshoot…’

I really enjoyed the seminar and put some thought into their advice, which, even though my career path isn’t in the stylist field, I felt that their words impacted me in my current career path and situation. Thank you Luke, Lindsay and Monica!

I would like to thank: J, Sarah Pollack and Caroline Rothwell of Caro Marketing, Rachel Meis of The Contact List, Luke Storey, Lauren Messiah– stylist and Director at School of Style, Lindsay Albanese, Monica Rose, Barefoot Wines and Ellen Hollman- CEO of Visual Impact Now.

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