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19th Annual Costume Exhibition- FIDM
Alana Hale Show @ La Maison de Fashion
Hope in the City 3: Wear Your Story

19th Annual Costume Exhibition- FIDM

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising once again opened their doors for industry members and alumni for the “19th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” reception. There were costumes on display from such blockbusters as: Shutter Island, The Young Victoria, True Grit, Alice in Wonderland, Burlesque, Clash of the Titans, Nanny McPhee Returns and much more. The costumes were wonderfully done and it was cool to be them up close and in person, as you can see how tall the actor and any little hidden detail that you may have missed while watching the movie. I would have to say that my top three favorite picks from the exhibit are: Burlesque. They were designed by Michael Kaplan and were stunning. Words cannot describe the beauty in the colors and detailing of the gowns and lingerie. The Alice and Wonderland part was my absolute fave! The costumes were designed by Colleen Atwood. When I saw the costuming in the movie, I was immediately blown-away at the avant-garde Tim Burton-esque gowns. I loved the halter gown with ruffled neckline. It’s very “me.” Lastly, I admired the gown designed by Sandy Powell for The Young Victoria. Loved the purple hue and floral decoration!

Besides the exhibition, were two giant buffets and an open bar happening in the tents outside. That evening’s weather proved to be perfect for such an outdoorsy event. I also wanted to mention that jewelry designer and FIDM alum, Joe Viboonviriyawong was showcasing some pieces of his line- Vilaiwan. For all you celebrities and stylists out there, vying for that “one” piece of jewelry for the red carpet or editorial, Joe is your go-to man. His pieces are breathtaking. The line was named after his mother- Vilaiwan, in honor of her supporting his passion. Each piece is unique and one-of-a-kind. He is definitely one of LA’s next major jewelry designer!

The exhibition is open from February 8th- April 30th and is FREE to the public. Hours are Tuesday- Saturday 10am-pm and is located at the FIDM Museum 919 S. Grand Ave. 90015.

Alana Hale Show @ La Maison de Fashion

The hip style house La Maison de Fashion on Melrose was the place to be for the debut show of Alana Hale’s Holiday 2010 collection. The event was hosted by the lovely ladies of La Maison de Fashion, Taylar Aquilar and Alana Hale. Alana, a FIDM graduate, started her line about a year and a half ago and this collection a mere four months ago. She presented eleven looks inspired by “Old Hollywood”. She wanted to mix lady-like glamor with dramatic showmanship. She used a variety of material such as: leathers, silks and metallic threads. The silhouettes were kept simple, per Alana’s request-as she wants simple as possible, due to her love of adding as much detailing as possible and her other love of detailed fabric. I adored the “Sophia Dress”- made of feather appliqued silk and silk crepe and the knockout piece of the night was the embossed burgundy leather “Croc Dress” (which is also Alana’s favorite as well.)

The Alana Hale line is located in the La Maison de Fashion showroom and can be pre-ordered. Contact La Maison de Fashion at 7471 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles,CA 90046. Phone:(323)658-8008.

Special Thanks: J, Taylar Aguilar, La Maison de Fashion, Alana Hale and models

Hope in the City 3: Wear Your Story

I was excited to once again partake in Mosaic’s “Hope in the City” for its third show “Wear Your Story”, held during LA Fashion Week at the beautiful St. Vibiana Church in Downtown. I was one of the designers that made a dress that had to be at least 80% paper.

The show consisted of three parts: “Experimental Paper Designs” followed by head pieces by Salvatore Salamone, menswear by Rey Aquino, then womenswear designs by Adolfo Sanchez, Shpetim Zero and Shekhar Rahate. It was hosted by Style Network’s “How Do I Look?” Jeannie Mai and Mosaic’s own Hank Fortener. Throughout the evening, there were several performing artists like: Clairfoster J. Browne, Amalgam Crew, Poet and DJ Mytar who entertained and revved up the audience in-between the fashion shows and while they browsed the marketplace.

[“Hope in the City” has come a long way since I first attended the brainstorming meetings in 2008. The first show was held at FIDM’s “Grand Hope Park” and a number of people showed up. Then the second show “Hope in the City 2: The Other Side of the Tracks,” which took place at Chiparaki. The show had grown and so did the number of attendees. And now, the show has evolved into something spectacular! I am so grateful to have worked with such talented people.]

Special Thanks: Tammy Borrero; Corrie Sullivan; Lisa Soltis; Natalie and Rowel Salvador; the designers; models; performers; hosts; photographers; sponsors; Mosaic (www.mosaic.org); marketplace vendors: Adolfo Sanchez, Bella Sole, Beyond Us, Blessed Treasures, Cat Walk Pros, Children’s Hunger Fund, Hope in the City, Julia LoVan Designs, Lorikoop.com, Mosaic, Raven & Lilly, Serve LA, Sisters in Service, Tiffany Kunz Design, With Love Uganda; donations; the Hope in the City Team; Sarah Jane Aumentado (key MUA); make-up and hair teams.

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