One of my dear blogger friends- Stephanie Green- who is also designer extraordinaire, showcased her line “La Belle Fleur” at a charity fashion show recently in one of my favorite cities- Palm Springs. The show “Living Waters” was put on by the Young Designer’s Program of the Palm Springs Fashion Council and took place in the outdoor courtyard of Star View Restaurant. The event was hosted and produced by Jasmin Aleman, along with Aubrey Ward- who also directed it. Jasmin, who is still in high school, produced the entire event to help raise money for Charity Water– a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. There were four brands that showcased pieces from their collections: Stephanie Green, Paul Lopez, Steven Lopez and Rachel’s Secret. Costume designer Steven Lopez showed us some amazing gowns from his “Disney Princess” collection. We saw a couple looks from Rachel’s Secret- a boutique located in the exclusive El Paseo area of Palm Springs. I was so impressed from look one when Stephanie’s “La Belle Fleur” collection went down the runway. This ambitious girl is a senior in high school and is very talented! Her passion for fashion began when she was a junior. She didn’t have much time for herself, let alone finding a dress for prom, with all her extra-curriculars; so she made her prom dress entirely out of newspaper and packing tape. After the dance, she received numerous press and since then, she has established herself as the Young Designer’s Program youth advisor and of couse- designer. Her Fall/Winter collection is inspired by the feminine woman with an edge. According to Stephanie, “Each design plays the two roles of beauty and elegance, but also a wild temptress. I use a lot of color contrast to exemplify this inspirational idea…As a designer, and a woman, comfortability and confidence is everything. I design clothes to make those standards easy…” My favorite looks from her collection was a silk maxi dress with floral chiffon overlay. It’s perfect for Spring and the floral is on-trend. I also enjoyed the bridal collection, very romantic and whimsical. Check out Stephanie’s website and blog for more information! Mr. Aubrey Ward showcased a few dresses from his 2010 couture collection. LOVED the fitted black lace gowns…simple yet dramatic! The last designer we saw was Paul Lopez and his bridal collection. Every piece was stunning and truly exceptional, since he is a one-man show…doing all the sewing and styling himself. He draws his inspiration from everyday women and from his Grandmother’s taste in dressing, along with Spanish flare. Because his gowns are so exclusive and his does everything himself, his work doesn’t go less than $1,300. Paul is definitely one to watch when it comes to designing your gown for your perfect day. More information can be found on his facebook. The show was such a huge success and I’m looking forward to seeing more from Stephanie, Aubrey, Steven, Paul and the Palm Springs Fashion Council!
One of my favorite denim brands- Doctrine Jeans and creative marketing/events agency- No Subject put on a fun and intimate DIY event at Space 15 Twenty. It was just in time for prepping outfits for Coachella and hosted by the delightful blogger- Jazzi McG. She was on hand to help the guests craft, sew and create their denim to their liking (as well as Johnny of The Denim Guy). On display were other DIY’d denim shorts by local bloggers: La Catrina de la Moda, Reyalfashion, Cambio, Thanks I Made It Blog, Some Notes on Napkins and A House in the Hills. It was such a fun event and I look forward to wearing my DIY shorts in the coming weeks!
Thank you to Chelsea M. from No Subject, Jazzi McG and Johnny P!!
I braved the traffic and attended the launch of Alice + Olivia’s Spring denim at their store on Robertson Blvd. This is the company’s first denim launch since the eclectic Stacey Bendet launched the brand in 2002. Stacey embodies her love of vintage, music and art into every collection. It was my first time in an A+O store and her vision was everywhere, from the clothing (of course) to the store display fixtures. If you are a fan of color (like myself) then you have found your “clothing soul mate” with this brand. Just seeing the splashes of color put me in a better mood and I would definitely benefit having one of everything in my closet. Their new Spring denim collection includes bright solids, florals and stripes (neutral black and white and candy stripes) and are available in a variety of silhouettes (bell bottoms, shorts, skinnies, etc). Since this was a “launch party”, they were offering guests free color-block manicures by Gelish and make-up touch ups by Make Up Forever. I also had my aura read by certified Reiki healer and psychic- Jennifer. In addition, guests were also treated to an open candy bar, lemonade and an all-around good time! For more information and shop the collection, check out the Alice + Olivia website.
The Robertson Blvd. Alice + Olivia store is located at 134 Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048. I’d like to thank the staff and Alanna for the wonderful evening!