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Project Ethos- House of Blues
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Fashion Week @ the Palooza
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Taylrz Joynt Grand Re-Opening

Project Ethos- House of Blues

The House of Blues on the famous Sunset Strip was the spot to be for Project Ethos, held on October 24th. I attended with my friend, the fabulous Fashion Stylist, Tiffany LaVonne. Before the fashion show, there were performances by Cold Flamez and Electrolightz and an artist exhibition with Matt D. Williams, Terry Kim, Joel Garza, Tobi Salver and Cathryln de Leon.

The fashion show featured seven designers…

Li Cari designer, Jazmin Whitley showcased some pieces from her Spring/Summer 2010 collection, “Decades.” According to Jazmin, the collection was “inspired by the new decade and represents strong, powerful women with clean lines and bold color.” For more info, check out www.shoplicari.com.

Goci was designed by duo Golnessa Farmanara and Cindy Ayvar and founded in 2009. The name Goci was evolved from the first two initials of the designers first names. They presented their first Spring/Summer collection in June 2009 at a gallery on Rodeo Drive and have had three other shows with Project Ethos. The collection they showed at the HOB was inspired by the 1930’s, “when women started to be more feminine and glamorous.” Adds the designers, “We want to revive this look for this collection and making day wear as glamorous as evening wear.” Because accessories played a huge role in the way women looked in the 30’s, Golnessa and Cindy incorporated hats, veiled headpieces, necklaces and gloves with their garments. My favorites were the long goddess-like white gowns that graced the runway. What sets Goci apart is that you can see and feel a unique mixture of their rich cultural heritage powered by their extensive education and experience in the US and Europe. For more information, go to www.gocidesign.com.

The next designer to present was Rina Palma, who’s collection was “In Motion” and was based on the life of a contemporary working woman who’s ready for vacation in Rio. The dresses, tops and swimsuits that I saw on the runway were inspired by the woman’s lifestyle while on vacation. As we all know, vacations usually mean the beaches, festive dinners and dancing. Rina chose black, browns, greys and cream- which are natural and complimented with a pop of a yellow green. The darker colors related to the work that the woman left behind and the bright colors represented the fun, care-free lifestyle she has while on vacation. Rina is currently designing custom clothing and jewelry for private clients. If you would like an exclusive Rina Palma piece, contact her at rina@rinapalma.net or (213)915-8705 & (661)400-4303.

The next brand got the audience in a frenzy…Let me introduce Private Arts…An intimates collection based in Los Angeles and comprised of designers Meaghan Walker and Michelle Alexander and gallery artist Jeffeny Hughes. They presented eleven lace panty and bandeau top set with a unique contemporary art concept for each set. They also presented bloomers, two nighties and an avant-garde kimono bath robe and corset  from their couture collection. I enjoyed every piece and I think that every girl needs a sexy piece by Private Arts in her closet! For more information, check out www.privateartsla.com.

Next, a whimsical collection of skirts, dresses and corsets created by Eleonore Santos of Garden Party. Her collection, “Girl Story” was inspired by the quaint shops and antique market on Portobello Road in London. The pastel buildings reminded Eleonore of walking through a fairytale village and thus, were her chosen color palette for her collection. Another inspiration was of the fairytales themselves…the innocence and blissful oblivion that the characters reside in. She wanted her collection to have a child-like feel but also remain very feminine. The name, “Garden Party” was derived from the nursery rhyme, “Mary, Mary- Quite Contrary…” Eleonore started the label in May of 2008 and operates out of her bedroom, when she’s not doing homework. According to her, “The Garden Party Girl would rather curl up on the couch with a book than head to the mall, cherishes that music box that belonged to her Grandma, loves flowers and isn’t afraid to admit she has quirks.” Everything in her collection screamed ‘cute’. I adored the bubble silhouette in her dresses and skirts and the clean lines in her corsets. To shop her collection, simply go to www.gardenpartyclothing.etsy.com.

Next, dresses from Houstina Summers’s “Pure Love” collection floated down the runway. I absolutely love Cowgirl Heaven and was pleased to see a couple new pieces along with pieces from previous shows. Her presentation also featured models from Runway Rhythm who again gave an awesome dance performance. For your next party or red carpet event, check out www.http://www.etsy.com/shop/cowgirlheaven and be sure to check out her blog at www.cowgirlheaven.blogspot.com. 

Lastly, the last presentation to show was SYC FUK by Bucky Bakes. SYC FUK stands for “Street Youth Couture From Unwanted Kids.” This is the anti-fashion, punk rock line that has always turned heads at events…mainly because of the SYC FUK Girls- girls in barely there minis, tanks, fishnets and stripper heels and the models who, at the end of the runway, give the audience the finger and the model who came out wearing panties and heart pasties (I was told this was not a lash out at the Lindsey Lohan line for Ungaro…but inspired by the “American Junkiiie” herself) …But hey, it’s theatrical and very much part of the SYC FUK brand. The collection shown at the show was called “American Junkiiie” because the American society is completely junked out on music, fashion, food, sex, drugs and celebrities. The collection was compiled of men’s wear- leather trimmed flannels, distressed denim jeans and vests, torn and tattered jackets strewn with sterling silver buttons and hoodies with hand cut leather patches and studs. The women’s line was compiled of micro mini dresses, flannel shirts and dresses, studded/torn denim and fur lined hoodies and boots. The SYC FUK line is worn by many bands and celebrities including Holly Madison (Girls Next Door) and Daisy De La Hoya (Daisy of Love), Criss Angel, Josh Todd (Buckcherry) and James Kottak (the Scorpions). Check out www.SYCFUK.com or (310)926-5777 or sycfukg@gmail.com. 

Another great show Project Ethos!! 

SPECIAL THANKS: the peeps @ Project Ethos, House of Blues, J, Tiffany LaVonne, Global Wellness,DJ Robb Rockwell, sponsors: FIDM, LookbookLA.com, Closet Mouse, Lovecurescancer.com, 99 Percent Entertainment, Models International, MyStudio.net, Beauty Tech Studios.

 

Fashion Week @ the Palooza

 

What better way to kick off the start of LA Fashion Week than an exclusive  fashion show featuring Cowgirl Heaven, Lola Summers, Rumple Munkeh and Leondra Renee. The event kicked off with a red carpet and some light refreshments (the fashion theme was in play for the gingerbread cookies and the mini shrimp were simply delicious). The actual presentation started PROMPTLY at 9pm and this is a rare moment in the fashion industry…. the shows never start on time! But Houstina Summers, who put the show together, along with her hubby, Michael Wellington and assistant Richauna Colston managed to pull it off on time without a hitch! And I applaud her for that! First off, there was a musical performance by country singer, Amanda Marsh and her brother, Travis and then the fashion festivities began…

First, a collection of classic dresses by Trail Angel walked the runway. The designer, Lola Summers (mother of Houstina) has been designing for 25 years. After re-starting her fashion career from being on hiatus, she was inspired by Houstina to be in the show. Her theme for her collection was “Classic Couture” and is based on the look of Old Hollywood and the feel of the ‘modern woman’. You can contact Lola at www.trailangel.etsy.com.

Japan decided to invade Santa Monica with the kimono inspired looks by Rumple Munkeh. Rochelle Carino paired her love of the Asian culture with “Memoirs of a Geisha” to create beautiful dresses and rompers in bold solids and prints. As an added bonus, the models even carried Asian fans and parasols. For more info, check out www.rumplemunkeh.com.

The city of Santa Barbara was the inspiration of Leondra Renee’s collection of shirts, skirts and dresses. She credits the city with its ocean views and the splashes of blues, greens and purples she saw and how windy it was during her visit, that helped her come up with the theme “Beauty in the Breeze”. Leondra Renee hopes to continue to provide draped, stylish and sometimes one-of-a-kind pieces to young professional women. For more info, check out www.leondrarenee.com!

There was a intermission between collections. Singer Destenee performed a few singles from her album. She has worn CG Heaven in her past music videos and it was only appropriate that she wore a dress from Houstina’s collection that evening. 

Which brings me to the last collection by Cowgirl Heaven. Love was in the air when Houstina Summers designed her collection, ironically themed, “Pure Love.” I recognized most of the pieces from previous shows, but the head pieces worn on the models were new, along with some long dresses, which caught my attention right away. When asked what her inspiration was involving the line, Houstina gave me these words, “I just love being in love and I just wanted to show that through my designs.” And yes, her love and passion has indeed shined through her designs. After her initial presentation, models from Runway Rhythm took center stage and performed their dance routines for the audience. 

It was certainly an evening filled with friends, red carpets, fashion, music and dance and an excellent start to LA Fashion Week!!!

SPECIAL THANKS: Houstina Summers (www.cowgirlheaven.blogspot.com & Etsy), Michael Wellington, Richauna Colston, realTVfilms, Lousine Karibian, Parris Harris, Aspic Studio, Taylr’z Joynt, Brittany Dixon Photography, Beauty Tech Studios, biatta intimates, Krystle PR Company, J, Runway Rhythm (www.runwayrhythm.com), designers and the models…

Taylrz Joynt Grand Re-Opening

After dressing in my design at work, fortunately my co-workers are stylists and were able to assist me with my mens suit jacket turned skirt that I pinned on. It was my latest experiment that I decided to try out, partly because of time constraints.

I scurried back to the Valley-Sherman Oaks- to Taylrz Joynt Boutique, who was hosting a Grand Re-Opening, complete with a fashion show with new Indie designers, a DJ, cocktails and (yay) a complimentary valet. The venue was small and narrow, but was utilized well for the show.

The fashion show began with five models, wearing Urbanite, Kami Shade and Tracy Ambrose Wrap. They posed for at least fifteen minutes in ten second intervals. Then the actual presentation began, starting with Za Za Zsu. According to designer Sahar Hersel, Za Za Zsu “can only be described as that intangible something that makes you fall in love with someone…” She showcased some dresses from her Spring 2010 collection. Her dresses were simple yet elegant. Perfect for a dinner out, a night on the town or, according to Hersel, a Sunday, because “Sundays are all about being effortlessly cool and strikingly sexy…” To get in touch with Hersel, go to www.ZaZaZsu.net or become a fan on Facebook!

Following Za Za Zsu, was my friend, Julia LoVan’s line. Her pieces are made from recycled materials and are simply stunning! My favs are the “Ila” and the “Key Lime Couture”, which had hand-sewn leaves on it. Her pieces have also been featured in the California Apparel News and Project Ethos. Check out Julia LoVan Dresses on Etsy and her blog at www.julialovan.blogspot.com.

The next to feature was Soldat Tailoring. ‘Soldat’ is ‘soldier’ in Swedish. Designer Camilla Wright showcased a tailored two-piece suit. But this particular suit is not your “average” boring work suit…The skirt hugged the body in the right places and and a snap and zipper closure in the back. The suit was also accessorized with a menswear tie around the neck. Visit www.soldattailoring.com or again, become a fan on Facebook.

The next fabulous collection of the evening was Urbanite Collection.  Deandra Garcia’s collection is entirely deconstructed and I LOVE IT!!! She finds inspiration through everything, whether it be Downtown LA, architecture, the streets… and it shows in the mix of prints and patterns on the dresses. The paint job on the hoodies…Etc….. Contact Deandra Garcia at fashion.garcia@gmail.com or myspace.com/urbanitegarcia.

Following Urbanite came the sexy swimsuits and designs by Kami Shade. Kami has been designing since 2004 and her collection has been seen on celebrities as well as the Hollywood scene. I personally love her striped and polka-dot plunging v-neck one-piece swimsuits. So H-O-T!! According to Kamishade.com, the suits can be worn SIX different ways and can be worn with jeans or whatnot. Check out www.Kamishade.com for purchasing her apparel, as well as getting info on her upcoming events!

After Kami Shade, strolled in models wearing dresses by Rumple Munkeh. Head designer Rochelle Carino finds most of her inspiration for her line from 1930’s and 40’s Hollywood Glamour. The pieces that she showed were a mix of browns, oranges and golds…the colors of Fall. Carino, who designs off of her size four dress form, also has a huge heart. Her goal is to help people. She donates some of the proceeds from her events or shop to various charities. She wants to “change the world through fashion, one garment at a time.” To see more of Rumple Munkeh, go to www.rumplemunkeh.com or Rumple Munkeh on Facebook!

And the last designer to show is the lovely Cowgirl Heaven, designed by Houstina Summers. Her signature v-neck halter dresses with voluminous skirts were once again a hit with the audience. Her dresses have graced the red carpet and the Destenee music video of “Tomorrow”. Check out Cowgirl Heaven on Etsy and www.cowgirlheaven.blogspot.com.

NOTE: All the designers mentioned have pieces at Taylrz Joynt Boutique located at 13549 Ventura Blvd.  in Sherman Oaks. Phone: (818)907-7818. Also, Tracy Ambrose Wrap can be found on Facebook and www.tsawraps.com!

SPECIAL THANKS: the designers, models, Taylr, Lousine Karibian (www.lousinekaribian.com), J, Parris Harris, Jamie McCall, the photographers, DJ TessLove, True Salon!

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