Tag - LA Fashion Week

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Fashion Week Featuring Cowgirl Heaven and Holly Waas
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Designers & Muses (LAFW 2010)
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The Green Initiative Humanitarian Fashion Show

Fashion Week Featuring Cowgirl Heaven and Holly Waas

My friend, Houstina Summers held a fashion show at the AGENDA Loft during LA Fashion Week, along with Holly Waas. The lovely model and actress- Emma Zerner hosted the event. I was fortunate enough to own a couple CGH dresses and wore the mini light pink halter to the affair. First up was Indie designer Holly Waas, who showcased her line of fun tops, skirts and dresses. There was a short intermission and then the Cowgirl Heaven show started. Houstina’s collection, themed “Winter Love, Romance” had me saying “ooo and ahhh” as each model walked the runway. The collection has since continued to blossom since the first time I saw it a couple years back. It went from short halter dresses to strapless, spaghetti straps, jackets, tops and now- shoes! The shoe collection was fierce, with heels snazzed up with large pink jewels, flowers, spikes, feathers and pearls. According to Houstina, “I wanted to create a shoe line that will spark the imagination for your wardrobe.” Indeed, it will create a spark… I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw them on Lady Gaga during the next Grammy awards red carpet. There really wasn’t one favorite piece in my opinion, because EVERY piece was amazing in its own right. Houstina’s favorite is the grey victorian jacket. She told me she already had a pile of orders for it. Prices for the collection range from $250-650. She has a studio in downtown LA and will be opening a flagship boutique with her sister and mother. The grand-opening is set for the art walk in April, so stay tuned! For more information, check out her website and blog.

Special Thanks: Arun Nevader of AGENDA Loft, Vivian Killilea of Wireimage.com, Michael Wellington, Houstina Summers, Holly Waas and Emma Zerner.

Designers & Muses (LAFW 2010)

It was once again the beginning of LA Fashion Week, which meant the Standard Hotel in downtown LA was abuzz with designers and their muses during the “FGILA Presents: Designers & Muses” event, led by Mr. James Galanos. I ran into Lauren Elaine with her muse, Kayslee Collins; Nick Verreos and muse; Maggie Barry with muse, Morganne; Lloyd Klein and muse, Natalie Cole; Charlie Lapson and muse, Vanessa Williams; Valerj Pobega and muse; Petro Zillia designer Nony Tochterman and muse, Samaire Armstrong.

I met up with “Oscars Designer Challenge 2010” finalist Oliver Tolentino and his muse- Tutay Maristela, wearing a gorgeous gown made from pineapple and abaca fibers. The gown had a mermaid silhouette and had hand-cut rosettes along with accordion strip accents. This year, he will continue to grow his design career in the LA market and create one-of-a-kind red carpet gowns and build his eco-friendly fashions as well. He has noticed that many of the high-end shops had stopped carrying couture clothing due to the recession, but vows, “I will continue to offer these because I know every woman has an event in her life where she wants more than what can be found in every boutique chain all over the world. She wants that one-of-a-kind and wants to have a direct personal relationship with the designer who creates it.” Check out his site at www.olivertolentino.com or stop by his Melrose boutique: 9003 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069 Ph:(310) 858-0555.

Designer Sue Wong looked extremely radiant, along with her muse- Linda Taylor. She chose Linda because, “she is the personification of Aphrodite, who is the ultimate eternal feminine goddess. There is a huge female energy about Linda and she is a vision of loveliness and gorgeousness. She is powerful in her own way, yet still extremely feminine. A great touch to Linda’s story is that she grew up under the shadow of Count Dracula’s castle in Transylvania…” Linda’s dress was the epitome of the Sue Wong line. Sue explains of the dress, “the dress is a Victorian-inspired, embroidered, appliquéd and beaded torso gown with pleated lace insert in the skirt. The torso is beaded mesh and the skirt is georgette. It has a beautiful period feel but it’s still current and very glam. The silhouette also has a 1930’s old time Hollywood glamour feel to it. Styled with the gown is a beautiful ruffled, pleated and multi-tiered taffeta coat.” To view more of the line and find out more about Sue Wong, go to www.suewong.com.

I met two new designers that evening. Pogah designer, Ari Sheuhmelian with his statuesque muse- Lauren Gish. He chose her after working with her several times. “She has that incredible power of transforming in each of my designs to the look I am looking for…And on a personal level, we became friends and I enjoy the creative energy I get when we are together…” The dress Lauren wore is called, ‘Liquid Warrior,’ which is part of Pogah’s 2010 winter couture collection, themed ‘So French Couture’, inspired by the couture of the 40’s and 50’s but with a glamor mix of the 80’s. “The dress (at event) is one of the few bright, strong colors in the collection. The liquid design of the fabric had a big influence in the theme and direction of the collection. The total look of Lauren with the hair and accessories was inspired by the ‘warrior woman’ look- fierce, strong, yet very elegant feminine couture,” Ari explained. Go to www.pogah.com or contact Ari at Pogah@pogah.com for more information.

I admired the structured 3/4 dress designed by Emiliano Moreno, who’s muse was Sara Welch. He chose her because she is a fashion design graduate who understands his work and construction. The dress she wore was inspired by the use of soft-draped fabric that was also molded into sharp-edged shapes in the past, but still work to this day. As far as his line goes (for Fall/Winter 2010), “it’s making new silhouettes that can relate to the past and can serve as inspiration for the future…” Contact Emiliano at emilianomoreno@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Along with mingling with the designers and fellow industry members, guests were also treated to tunes by DJ Ben Adams (DJ Jag) and Australian singer/songwriter, Natalie Cole.

Special Thanks: J, FGILA (www.fgila.org), Elizabeth Matthews, Dorothy Woglom, Ilse Metchek and Emily Heintz of California Fashion Association, John Arguelles, the honored designers and muses, The Standard Hotel, Natalie Cole, DJ Jag.

The Green Initiative Humanitarian Fashion Show

“Going Green” has created quite a stir here in the Golden State. From cleaning products to recycling to fashion, sustainable living is becoming a way of life. Seventeen-year-old Ally Maize is a firm believer of that concept. She is the founder of GYM (Green Youth Movement), a non-profit organization comprised of a group of students who are concerned about our planet and educate youth all over the world the importance of living green.

The fashion show, which took place at the Sunset Gower Studios was produced by The Gallery LA and featured three eco-friendly designers showcasing their Fall 2010 collections: Emily Factor, Lizzie Parker and Puridee by Lindee Daniel. Before the show started, Ally presented LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with the ‘2010 Green Youth Movement Humanitarian Award.’ He then spoke about the ‘Million Trees LA’ project (www.milliontrees.org).

The first designer featured on the runway was Emily Factor. Her collection, ‘Eco-Ornamental’ is her second collection since she graduated from Central St. Martins in 2008. She used vintage lace and kimonos, which inspired her to “envision the Parisian Oriental movement, where there’s a powerful fusion between very ornamental cultures.” She works solely with eco-friendly materials and techniques. Her materials include antique black lace and vintage lace table or bed linens that she hand paints with non-toxic fabric paint. Her short tailored jackets are made from either vintage kimonos, raw silk or lace. She also uses embroidered Indian textiles, a disassembled knit sweater and a lot of hand embellishments. Her own prints are done digitally on silk, using low-impact inks, thus avoiding harsh chemicals and water waste from screen printing. For more information, go to www.emilyfactor.com or info@emilyfactor.com.

Issaquah, Washington-based designer Lizzie Parker’s collection followed after Emily Factor. She featured fun, comfy-yet super fashionable pieces made from bamboo jersey. Check out www.lizzieparker.com for further information.

The last line to flow down the runway were amazingly gorgeous bridal gowns by Puridee, designed by Lindee Daniel. Lindee presented her first small collection in the Spring of 2009 via fashion sites such as: Eco-Fabulous and Eco-Stiletto. For the LAFW 2010 show, she presented two small collections. The first was inspired by fabric manipulation as she draped and the women of the Old Testament, while the second collection was inspired specially by four sisters who have distinct personalities. She only uses non-synthetic and peace silks, organic and recycled cottons for her designs. She sells directly to her clients and hopes to be in stores by 2011. To own a piece of “natural” beauty for a wedding or party, contact Lindee at enquire@puridee.com or (310)613-5747 or visit www.puridee.com.

Special Thanks: J, Sunset Gower Studios, Mikey Koffman of The Gallery LA, Jessica Lieu of Tyler Barnett PR, the crew of the The Green Youth Movement (www.greenyouthmovement.org), Ally Maize, Mayor Villaraigosa, the designers, models, Smashbox Cosmetics, Planet Salon, Coca Cola, Art Institute of California – Los Angeles, Apparel News, Frontiers Magazine, The Collective Magazine, Agave de Cortes and Fortune Vodka.

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