I attended a trunk show that my friend, Tina Summers was hosting at her boutique- Uniqbill one evening in downtown LA. This particular trunk show was special because Alicia P., one of the New York designers I met while at MAGIC (you can check out the coverage and blurb on Alicia P. here). Alicia showcased her sculptured necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets to a roomful of fashion-minded people. I just love her creativity! Her jewelry is so unique and artistic. Think semi-precious stones, resin, seashells from Barbados and beyond…all wrapped with suede and other found materials. Check out Alicia’s website here.
Gotta love fashion events where all I have to do is get ready and drive five minutes down the street and BOOM…I’m at the venue. California’s largest outlet mall- Ontario Mills played host to “The Runway Event,” held outside the main entrance to the mall. The Runway Event was part of the month-long (October) series of events that was dedicated exclusively to women, as well as fashion and the community. It was hosted by E’s Giuliana Rancic and featured fashions handpicked by producer James Campbell. The event also featured two celebrity models: Amanda Fields and Nicole Linkletter from America’s Next Top Model and celebrity stylist Vincent Boucher. Mr. Boucher briefly described five trends that we were going to see on the runway: Posh Country, Sleek City Dressing, Playful Patterns/Mixing Animal, Red and A Great Shoe- Loving the Ankle Bootie. As part of the event, Ontario Mills first recognized a few women volunteers from the Children’s Foundation of America for their hard work and contribution to the community.
The runway show was fun and presented fashions by Off 5th by Saks Fifth Ave., Nordstrom Rack, Betsey Johnson, BCBG, Nautica, Tommy Bahama, Levi’s and Gap. Giuliana herself actually sat right across from me! There were times during the presentation, when the females in the audience went crazy over the gorgeous male models. After the show, everyone followed Giuliana (who was being driven in the Fiat 500) over to the red carpet, where she was kind enough to sign autographs and take pictures with fans, before heading into Off 5th Saks Fifth Ave. for the VIP after-party; where DJ Daisy O’ Dell was spinning the latest tracks and sushi, cocktails and cupcakes from Suite 106 Cupcakery (winners of “Cupcake Wars” on Food Network season one) were being served. I hung out with my new blogger pal- Loretta of Find Me Fabulous and we made our way to where Giuliana was doing a meet-and-greet. I ended up briefly meeting her and getting a signed photograph. She was very sweet and even remembered seeing me taking photos of the runway show. Such a fun night and I hope Ontario Mills continues to “celebrate women” and have fun events dedicated to all Inland Empire communities!
A huge thank-you to Carolyn and Michael at Bitner Goodman, Masa Liles (Area Director of Ontario Mills Marketing), the staff at Off 5th Saks Fifth Ave. for the VIP party, the staff at Ontario Mills, Vincent Boucher and Giuliana Rancic.
Where else could I meet my style icon, an iconic supermodel, watch style history being made and rub elbows with some of the biggest names in Hollywood? Why Rodeo Drive of course!! I attended the Rodeo Drive “Walk of Style” event in Beverly Hills, which honored one of the top supermodels and brands in the fashion industry…. Iman and Missoni. During my short stint on the red carpet with the other mass of paparazzi, I managed to snap shots of Mena Suvari, Elisabetta Canalis, Alexis Bledel, Iman and the Missoni family. I felt like I was in a movie or something…It felt so surreal. I’m so used to just reading about these people, but to actually see them in person. It was awesome! I also have to add that Rosita Missoni (the Grandmother) is just too cute! Everyone just looked so amazing in (mostly) pieces from Missoni. I met up with my friend and fellow blogger-Mary of The Recessionista and we kept each other company that night. We browsed the Missoni store, where cocktails and champagne were being handed out. It was my first time in the shop and it was just to awe-inspiring to see the colorful fabrics and garments in person. It was in the store where (thanks to Mary) where I gathered enough courage to introduce myself to Iman, who is such a enchanting woman with a caring heart. She was wearing a 70s-inspired dress by Rachel Zoe (who was presenting her with the award later that evening). What also impressed me was that Iman was accessible enough to strike up a small conversation. After chatting with the lovely Iman, Mary and I walked around, nibbled from the small buffet of goodies and took in the scene before the ceremony.
We listened to speeches by the Mayor of Beverly Hills- Mr. Barry Brucker, members of the Save the Children Foundation and the Rodeo Drive “Walk of Style” committee before Rachel Zoe herself took the stage, speaking about Iman. “She’s kinda everything…” Zoe mentioned that she rarely uses the term, “everything” to describe a person, but Iman was the exception. Iman soon humbly took the stage, with Rachel handing her the small torso sculpture that was the “Walk of Style” Award. Iman graciously accepted the award, congratulating Rachel on her new baby boy before speaking about the honor of winning the award and the efforts of the Save the Children Foundation. She also mentioned the horrifying lifestyles that the women of East Africa and her home country of Somalia are facing still in 2011, comparing it to “Sophie’s Choice.” She ended her speech on a lighter note by saying, “I want to invite everybody to come and walk all over me…Come, walk over me, shop and be fabulous!” Next, THE Quincy Jones spoke about his friends-the Missoni family: Angela, Margherita, Rosita, Ottavio, Vittorio, Ottavio Jr. and Jennifer; making note that he is “a junkie and huge fan of Missoni designs.” The last highlight of the evening was when the Missoni family happily accepted their award. After the ceremony, I had the opportunity to actually meet Rachel Zoe, who is my style icon. She was amazing and even complimented my outfit, which was such an honor. We left with a Missoni scarf (my first Missoni piece!) and a few other goodies. If you’d like more information on the Rodeo Drive “Walk of Style” event, go here.
I’d like to thank: Mary, Felix (for helping with the Rachel Zoe introductions), Tara from The Donahue Group, Shana Yao, Iman, Rachel Zoe, the staff at the Missoni store and at the event and the Rodeo Drive “Walk of Style” committee.