House of Diehl's "STYLE WARS"
FGILA Presents: "Meet the Power Players of Fashion"
Mode Israel Fashion Show

House of Diehl's "STYLE WARS"

 “Fuck ready-to-wear; Get ready to rumble! STYLE WARS is back!”

On November 17th, I participated in Style Wars, held at Cinespace in Hollywood. I found out about the  design competition from my friend, milliner Anita Hopkins (www.anitahopkinsla.com). The concept is to create a garment, relative to the theme that is chosen for you on stage in FIVE MINUTES…Yes, you heard me correctly…F-I-V-E. Though five minutes may not seem like a long time, but believe me, it is. I, along with seven others (some had teams, others, like myself, didn’t) competed on stage…using duck tape, beads, table cloths, kitchen utensils, fabric and material from home…anything…for five heart-pounding minutes. However, there were two rules: garment must be constructed in those five minutes and no pre-designed materials. Afterwards, we were judged by Blake Lewis, Miguel De La Barracuda and Djak Azran. Then there were those who went on to two more rounds before determining the winner, who on November 17th…the LA winner was Victor Wilde. 

       This concept of style meets mayhem was the brainchild of husband-and-wife team MJ Diehl and Roman Milisic. It came from their original idea of the “Instant Couture” approach to fashion. According to Roman, “A deconstructionist fashion philosophy, where the creation process- the time, the place, the people- was as important as the designs themselves. Style Wars was a way to take that and use it to create opportunities for young designers, and give them national visibility.” This duo is amazing. While at the night-before meeting, I learned a couple ways to turn a pair of jeans into a bolero and a men’s button-down into a halter dress. After introducing the show, the couple then took a model, wearing a drab orange dress, tore it off her and turned a dozen-or-so hangers into a futuristic dress. I was blown-away watching them and how fast they worked and created.

The whole experience was pretty awesome. I will most likely be doing it again next year….this time with a team! 

SPECIAL THANKS: Cinespace, J, Anita Hopkins, MJ Diehl, Roman Milisic, Grace Models, the judges, the competitors: Paul Magalad, Victor Wilde, Briana Gonzalez, Lizz Wasserman, myself, DeeDee Hopkins and Johanna Zuckerman, the hair and make-up team, MAC, Surface Magazine, Lemondrop and DIM MAK DJs. For more info on STYLE WARS and perhaps enter the competition as well, go to www.houseofdiehl.com/stylewars. 


FGILA Presents: "Meet the Power Players of Fashion"

I attended the Fashion Group International’s “Meet the Power Players of Fashion”, a panel of fashion bloggers and editors who discussed ‘who starts the trends? Are they created online? Through blogs or tweets? Etc…’; which took place at BoxEight Studios in downtown LA. Introduced by John Arguelles; Susan Stein, fashion editor at Palm Springs Life Magazine moderated the dialogue between Jayne Seward- Fashion Editor at Apparel News, Laurie Pike- Style Editor at Los Angeles Magazine, Erin Weinger- Publisher and Co-Founder of Style Section LA, Kristen Calavas- President and Co-Founder of TheLookbook.com and Tasha Adams- Editor/Creator of Blackburnandsweetzer.com.

As a blogger and designer, I found it very informative. I was in awe that were are over 112 million blogs *according to Technorati December 2007* and *according to WWD* over 2 million fashion blogs in 2006. 

Susan asked questions like, “What is a trend?”, “What types of mediums (print, magazines or social networks *twitter or facebook*) has the most influence over trends?”, “Are trends and customer buying patterns the same thing? Who has the most influence over today’s consumer?”…etc…. I remember celebrities were brought up over having influence over today’s consumers… Lady Gaga, Brad & Angelina and Michelle Obama were particular celebrities mentioned. John also played the comedian for the evening, when the  topic of “Did you ever start a trend?” came up and one of the panelists mentioned bandanas, he went out of the room and came back in wearing a purple bandana (“gangsta-style” in my opinion), but nevertheless, very amusing.

The evening ended with a DVD of Spring 2010 runway trends from Paris, Milan and New York, courtesy of Marylou Luther- creative director at International Syndicate and the headquarters of FGI.  

SPECIAL THANKS: FGILA, John Arguelles, Jayne Seward (Apparel News and www.veryverychic.com) , Laurie Pike, Susan Stein, Tasha Adams, Kristen Calavas, Erin Weineger, Dorothy Woglom, Michele Bernard, Elizabeth Matthews, the crew at BoxEight Studios (1446 E. Washington Blvd. LA 90021), J, Emily Heintz, and Ilse Metchek. Check out www.fgila.org for more information on Fashion Group International of Los Angeles.  

Mode Israel Fashion Show

I was thrilled to be able to attend the Mode Israel Fashion Show at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA during LAFW. Several designers were presenting, along with single presentations by design grads at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. It was a crowded space, but I managed to make a beeline to the end of the runway. The show kicked off with a speech by the Consulate General of Israel- Jacob Dayan; followed by a music performance by Israeli electronic/pop band Terry Poison.

The first designer to grace the runway were avant-garde and draped coats, skirts, tops, pants and dresses by Kedem Sasson. I particularly loved the coats, as they would be perfect for winter and the chilly days and evenings here in Cali. He stuck with a bubble silhouette and a color palette of black and grey. For more information, go to www.kedem-sasson.com or by email: kedemsas@netvision.net.il. Next, Bracha Bar-on presented simple, yet cute dresses, cardigans and blazers. She chose a more neutral color palette that included reds and browns. To get in touch with Bracha, email her at bb2squareone@gmail.com. Rebel…Deconstructed…Peace…These are words I use to describe the next collection by Sugar Daddy. This line stood out to me because it had the most color and looked very DIY-chic. Contact Sugar Daddy at sugardaddyfashion@gmail.com. Keren Naftali showed fun dresses that are perfect from day to evening. My favs were the white shirt-dress, black knee-length dress with draped skirt, short sleeved black jacket, and draped grey dress with sequined black vest. You can view Keren’s collection at www.keren-naftali.com and contact her at design-kn@bezeqint.net. Alembika designer Hagar Alembik-Hazofe designed impressive draped dresses, tunics, jackets and skirts. Each piece was designed in monochromatic colors with a hint of red in a trim or purse or shoe. For more info, tune in to www.alembika.com or email Hagar at alembika@bezeqint.net. Bet-Ka showed shirts, pants, dresses and jackets and also stuck to the neutral color palette.  Yosef Peretz, was infamous in showing quite a number of sheer garments that evening, again in neutrals. The silhouettes in the garments were at times, draped, while the lines (in the long black trench dress) were very clean. I hope to see his gowns on the red carpet one day soon. Get in touch with Yosef by emailing etmailbox@gmail.com. The last designer to show that evening was Shai Shalom, who presented a combination of men’s and women’s wear. Both collections were very sleek. The men’s suits were well-tailored and the women’s dresses reminded me a little of Old Hollywood glamour. Shai also showed sheer, yet tasteful jackets and tops. I can also see Shai’s collection on the red carpet. Contact Shai at shaishalom@bezeqint.net or shaishalom@gmail.com.

It was a fantastic show and I hope to see more from these designers in the future. 

SPECIAL THANKS: Rochelle Carino, Marina Rozhansky *Director of Media & Communications for Consulate General of Israel*, Israeli Consulate General-Jacob Dayan, the designers, models, hair and make-up teams, Terry Poison (www.terrypoison.com, poisonmanagement@gmail.com *booking*) the jewelry and accessories designers: Aura (www.aura-designs.co.il), Esther Kamin (www.estherkamin.com), Oolalaa(oolalaa.design@gmail.com), SEA by Smadar Eliasaf (www.sea-smadar.com), Sexy Silver by Orit Schatzman (zvi@sexysilverltd.com)

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