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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!