Archive - 2011

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"Hooray for Hollywood" Fashion Show & Fundraiser
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Project Ethos Private Label
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Gen Art's "Fresh Faces in Fashion"

"Hooray for Hollywood" Fashion Show & Fundraiser

So my new good friend, Miss Norma Jean Hughes (you may know her from my spotlight on her lovely shop- Deja Vu Fashions in Claremont) told me she was putting on a small fashion show, featuring mens and womens clothing from the shop. It was held at St. Madeleine’s Catholic Church in Pomona. This was Norma’s second time working with the ‘Catholic Daughters of the Americas‘ in putting on a fashion show and every year, the event keeps getting bigger. The group is an international non-profit organization dedicated to funding any church-related events. Norma told me she has really enjoyed working with the group and loves that these young adults are so involved in the church. This year, the fashion show and fundraiser was held in the welcoming atmosphere of the church hall. Before the show, patrons were able to purchase handmade jewelry designed by jewelry-making students of jewelry designer Margaret Velarde, who was also modeling in the show. We also partook in a home style chicken dinner. The runway show was somewhat informal, with decorative dark purple floral arrangements marking the sides of the “runway.” As each model took their turn on the runway, Norma spoke about the outfit (like if it’s vintage and the brand). Brands such as: Quicksilver, Chanel (some vintage), St. John, Whiting & Davis, Gucci, Dior, Tadashi and Sherry made their debut on the St. Madeleine’s runway that evening. It was such a pleasure attending the low-key event and I’m looking forward to next year’s show!

Special Thanks: Norma; Helen Uceda (who organized the event); the models: Vanessa, George, Helen, Naomi, Danni, Eddy, Xochilt, Karla, Margaret, Evan, Josefina and Lisa; the other volunteers of the evening; St. Madeleine’s church, which is located at 931 East Kingsley Ave. in Pomona.

Project Ethos Private Label

I was beyond thrilled when designer- Ermelinda Manos personally emailed me, inviting me to view her collection during the Project Ethos Private Label fashion show at Tru Hollywood; along with the alternative brand-Marialia. The show started somewhat later than expected, but luckily I was sitting on a comfy plush couch and talking with fellow attendees to pass the time. When the show started, Ermelinda’s collection was the first to go down the runway. It was everything I expected….beautiful, flowy and ethereal. The theme for her collection is “Hopeless Romantic”, inspired by Southern France. She drew her inspiration for the soft color palette from the buildings of South France. She also added fun gold accents and vibrant colors to make the collection pop. The collection is mostly hand-sewn and is meant to be mixed n’ matched and taken from day to evening. The collection ranges from $80-400. For more information on Ermelinda Manos, go here. After a somewhat long intermission, Marialia Pacitto showcased her S/S 2012 collection. Her theme was “The Jungle” and emphasized animal prints and jewel tones. I loved the Hello Kitty-esque bows that the models wore and thought that the glitter eye shadow was an added bonus. She showcased an assortment of garments; ranging from swimwear to day wear, club wear and evening wear. I thought that the maxi dresses were nice and I’m a fan of the black strapless dress with chiffon maxi skirt and short halter dress with bubble leopard-print skirt. For more information on Marialia and to shop the line, go here.

Thank you Project Ethos for putting on another great show! Thank you for having me and it was great seeing your collections, Ermelinda and Marialia!!

Gen Art's "Fresh Faces in Fashion"

I had the pleasure of attending the (newly relaunched) Gen Art “Fresh Faces in Fashion” at historical Vibiana in downtown LA during LA Fashion Week. I got all gussied up a’la ’50s tulle princess’ and headed to the show. This time, Gen Art featured the Spring 2012 collections of: We Are Handsome, Dear Creatures, Odylyne, Chambers, 71 Stanton, Funktional and Stand & Deliver. There were also installations out in the courtyard by: Iman Toloui, Plomo, Sticks & Stones and Tom Tom. The show was hosted by the lovely actress (Gen Art alum and co-owner of MYFDB)- Zoe Saldana. The event was packed, but luckily I was able to sit my little be-hind on the floor in the media pit smack dab in front of the runway (huge plus for superb runway shots). First up was the Australian swimwear line- We Are Handsome presented first. I love their chic swimwear and the cool prints that are emblazoned on the garments. It’s always nice to see a change from the usual solid colors and floral, polka-dot and rainbow prints. The next line to show was Dear Creatures. Even the name, Dear Creatures sounds like something out of a fairy-tale… Their clothes were cute, whimsical and feminine. They also featured a couple Melie Bianco for Dear Creatures handbags that nicely complemented the looks. The next brand, Odylyne, was one of my favorite brands of the evening. They enlightened the audience with their menagerie of flowy, bohemian maxi dresses and separates, as well as fun head wear that was comprised of stones, beading and polished rock. Who knew dressing like a hippie could be this glamorous?! One of the highlights of the presentation was when the expecting and glowing designer- Stephanie Lampkin took a bow. She (like her collection) was just too adorable for words! LA-based menswear brand- Chambers introduced very casual separates that are meant to be worn everywhere. For a further look inside the brand, go here. 71 Stanton showcased a lux-sporty collection (if you will). The name 71 Stanton was derived from the year the designer-Ellis was born and the city in OC she moved to in 1994. I loved her use of juxtaposing more ‘California casual’ fabrics like jersey with more lavish fabrics like silks and chiffons. Check out 71 Stanton’s website here. The next line- Funktional had a semi-tribal theme to it (hence the models tribal-esque-inspired make-up). Again, the looks were effortless yet chic…coinciding with the California lifestyle. I did notice a hints of a vintage feel in the dresses and the pants. I loved the 80s-style floral pant and the 70s-style high-waist, wide-leg trouser. Other fun pieces included a lingerie-inspired dress with pleating and lace trim, as well as the multi-print fishtail skirt. Funktional’s “oh-la-la” moment came at the end, when a model wearing an intense Native dress harness strutted down the runway. Check out Funktional here. The last brand to walk down the runway was rebellious Stand and Deliver. The line is inspired by Kings Road in the year 1977 and has enough leather, spikes, studs and chains to make Lady Gaga swoon. S & D’s presentation also turned into a performance, as a male model skateboarded on the runway until another male model entered his territory-thus setting the stage for a mock brawl between the two. I forgot to mention that before the ‘fight’, a male and female model got together in one corner of the stage and hosted a make-out session. Oh… all in the good nature of mixing the fashion and entertainment industries… Check out Stand and Deliver here and on Facebook.

For more information and to become a member of Gen Art, go here. Welcome back Gen Art!!

**Please Note: Some of the photos towards the end of slideshow contain (topless) nudity**

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