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Sugar Part Deux
Sugar Art & Fashion Show

Sugar Part Deux

Timmery Turner has done it again! Her post-Valentine’s Day show was such a hit that the 4300 Loft was packed to the gills with people.The show featured several new vendors, a cute Valentine’s-themed photo booth by Katie Hillier of www.urbansalt.com and a fashion show.

Here is an overview of the vendors I met that evening…

Brittany Petty of Brittney/ Miranda Jewelry started her line of unique one-of-a-kind costume jewelry about six months ago. She gets her inspiration everywhere-whether it be her friends, magazines, other jewelry designers; but gets most of the inspiration from people watching. That evening, she was showing some amazing necklaces, handcrafted with strands of multi-colored beads and cute rings made from vintage buttons. Not only does Brittany do jewelry, but she also dabbles in reconstructing vintage pieces and wants to eventually get into designing accessories; such as belts, sunglasses and handbags. Her prices are very fair and range from $5- 30. Check her out at www.brittanymirandajewelry.com, www.brittanymirandajewelry.blogspot.com or www.senseofashion.com/brittanymirandajewelry.

Phuong Tran of LSD Fashion LAB showcased some very hot, avante-garde masks, sunglasses and body armor. Phuong started her online store six months ago, then called, “It’s Not Me Fashion Accessories” , but after meeting Timmery and getting into this second Sugar show, she reinvented herself and changed the name to “LSD Fashion LAB” (L+S+D= Love, Sex and Diamonds). Phuong, who at first majored in child development and then took some fashion merchandising classes at El Camino Community College, gets inspired by watching the world’s most successful people following their dreams and making it big. As for her creations, “they change as I go,” she stated. Her best-selling items at the moment would be anything with chains on it. Her favorite pieces being the “Chained and Wired Up Mask” from her collection (http://www.itsnotme.bigcartel.com/product/all-wired-and-up-eye-mask). This product received rave reviews from Urban Outfitters and fashion blogs all over the globe.  The other piece that has gotten a lot of attention lately is the “Original LSD Studded iphone Case.” The price to own some attention grabbing pieces? A very affordable $7-60. For more info, please contact Phuong at LSDFashionLAB@gmail.com, follow her on Twitter: @LSD_Fashion_Lab, www.LSDfashionLAB.com, her blog: http://love-sex-diamonds.blogspot.com or become a fan on Facebook.

Simone Ralph does some incredible fashion illustrations on clothing, prints and greeting cards! She started her company, “Simone Elum” in July of 2009. She grew up loving to draw. She would use fashion magazines and illustrations in the old Vogue Pattern books as some of her inspirations. After obtaining her degree in fashion design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, her inspirations came from the works of famed fashion illustrators: Arturo Elena, Ruben Toledo and David Downton. Her other inspirations come from music, movies, interesting people, beautifuls photos and anything around her that is colorful, unique and has a genuine feel to it. “I want my work to inspire girls and women to feel good about themselves, to accept themselves and become the women God intended them to be.” Her tees are selling for $15-25, greeting cards for $12 for a set of 4, and illustration prints for $15 (5X7) or $20-40 (8X10) and are sold online at www.simoneelum.com and at Taylrz Joynt Boutique at 13549 Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks, CA. Her illustration portfolio is also available for viewing at www.simoneralph.com.

Leondra Quinones of Leondra Renee Clothing showed chic dresses during the runway portion of the show. Her dresses, with the them of “Posenous Fashion” certainly made a statement in bold hues of purple and blue. Her inspiration for the collection came from the bold fashionistas of the 80’s. “I paid close attention to the bright colors and details used while adding my own twist to each look,” states Leondra. For more information, please go to www.leondrarenee.com.

Victoria Reyna of  Vireyna featured some breathtaking jewelry that immediately caught my eye. Her brand, Vireyna means “the wife of the Virrey who was the representative of the Spanish king in the land which is now Argentina, at that time Virreynato del Rio de la Plata. I’m from there and my name-Victoria Reyna matches it perfectly.” The brand’s concept is “just design”- which means design is in everything. Victoria started out as an interior designer, then landscape designer before finally making her mark in fashion. Her concept of design began as minimalist, but grew into a more ecclectic style “which is why you can see in my designs something bold and simple, architectual and minimalist or something with an intricate, sexy and trendy flair.” She gains her inspiration from materials she uses in her interior/exterior design projects to organic shapes from perfection to the chaos of nature. She uses metal chains, her very own handmade glass, semiprecious stones, stainless steel, leather, yarn, pearls, pebbles, feathers and “any material which falls into my hands with a special beauty.” Her favorite pieces from her jewelry line are the extra long glass beaded necklaces with tassels, glass rings, leather cuffs and bulky semiprecious stone necklaces. Her favorite pieces in the fashion accessory line are feather head pieces, leather/corset belts and leather ties for men. The price to own some unique pieces are in the range of $15-100. You can contact her at www.vireynahandmade-designs.com or vr@victoriareynadesigns.com.

Laura Brown of CandySpooky Clothing has been doing fashion show for three years now, but has been designing for about fifteen years. Laura got the name, “CandySpooky” from her “dissatisfaction with the lack of genuinely fun clothes available for girls like myself.” She incorporates a lot of girly features in her clothes; like frills, bows, fake pearls, feathers, buttons, hearts and bright or sugary sweet pastels. She uses a lot of prints (stripes, polka dots, hearts, etc) and comfort fabrics like cotton or cotton/lycra.  She creates one-of-a-kind pieces (for now) and never makes patterns “so I can take pride in giving people clothes that no one else will have.” She also does custom orders for events or parties. Her theme would be considered fairy-tale princess in the real world. Her inspirations come from Harajuku and street style, but also kitsch from her childhood (“My Little Pony”, Barbie and Anime). Her prices range anywhere from $25-100. For really eleborate dresses or custom pieces, the price jumps to $150-300. For more information, contact Laura at: Lauradiane0@hotmail.com and visit her online store at www.Candyspooky.etsy.com.

Cristina Areyano of Love Cristina first started out designing stationary, prints, postcards, etc before turning her designs into jewelry. She called her line, “Love Cristina” because of the ‘how to take care of your jewelry’ note that comes with each piece. Her line is comprised of fun pieces for women and young girls with lots of bows, bright colors, fairytale themes infused with vintage elements. She uses her own images, resin, lucite, brass, wood, Swarovski crystals, fresh water pearls and ribbon for the pieces. Her inspirations come from Japanese Kawaii culture; children’s author Maurice Sendak; artist Melissa Contreras; Disney; color; and fashions of the Victorian, 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s eras. She credits the people in her life as additional inspirations for new characters and designs. She is currently working on a few fairytale and storybook themes, of which Snow White and Wizard of Oz will be the first two. Her prices vary depending on the amount of materials used. All image based necklaces range from $28-50, non image based from $15-20, rings from $10-15, brooches from $10-20 and headbands from $35-70. You can contact Cristina at Ionthesun@aol.com and visit her site at www.heartpaperlove.com.

I also ran into Chantala Parris from “Hide Your Feathers (www.HideYourFeathers.Etsy.com), Timmery was showing her line 1981 Collection as well as some awesome paintings (repped by Candy Parker), Bedouin (Samantha Hyman) was showing her line, Wolfbird Art (wolfbirdart@gmail.com), RockThizClothing by Lisa Snyder (rockthizclothing@yahoo.com) was featured in the runway show, as well as Green Tease Clothing by Cari Byers (tallcul1@embarqmail.com) and the awesome paint job and fashions by the designers of Da Bidnez (d.bidnez@gmail.com or upNtheNuves.blogspot.com).

It was another great show! The crowd and the list of vendors just keeps getting bigger. I can’t wait until the “Sugar and Spice” show, which Timmery will feature men and women artists and designers. So stay tuned!

Sugar Art & Fashion Show


I attended an art and fashion show called, ‘Sugar’, hosted by 1981 Collection designer Timmery Turner at the 4300 Loft on Jefferson. Timmery wanted to create an “underground” environment where female artists and designers and network, but also showcase their talents and have a chance to sell their goods to the general public. In the future, she hopes to produce ‘Sugar and Spice’ a show for up-and-coming male artists and designers.

That evening, there were five artists showcasing and their wares. One was Timmery’s 1981 Collection. She was assisted by her graphic artist, Candy Parker. Handmade jewelry and purses were on display. I picked up a cute bracelet with blue, pink and black beads. For more information, go to www.1981 collection.com or http://www.tinseltokyo.com.

Jewelry made from recycled trinkets and other materials are definitely a trend here in LA. One example would be Wolfbird Art, designed by Samantha Hyman (or Bedouin, as she prefers to be called.) Bedouin started making jewelry two years ago while she was traveling. She credits the beads and trinkets for her inspirations. “When I make jewelry, I lay all my supplies out and look for colors and patterns that create harmony,” she says. For a year- and -a- half, she supported herself by selling her jewelry out of a small scarf. Since then, she has settled down for the time being and her work has really taken off. She stresses that her work is more sophisticated and her range of materials have expanded. Her prices range from $20 for a simple wire-wrap pendants or skeleton keys to $100 for more detailed pieces. She doesn’t have a website at the moment, but you can contact her at wolfbirdart@gmail.com or Facebook her at (samanthahyman@gmail.com). She sells at the Topanga Country Store at 115 S. Topanga Canyon Rd.

Another cool Indie designer, Kimberly Tabay of Tabaybe J specializes in rings. Her rings “are where my love and passion for art and fashion meet.” This ‘labor of love’ has taken her five years to master. Each ring is wire-wrapped and every ornament that adorns the rings are found either in Downtown LA to flea markets to thrift stores and even junk drawers. Each of her rings tells a story from every angle. Her inspirations come from her friends and places she’s been. “As an artist- my main focus is to stay true to my work, which means I have to stay true to myself…” Her “ultimate goal is to gain as much inspiration through simply living life out loud in hopes that it translates through me into my work and therefore is passed along…” Each piece takes about two-four hours to make. Her price points range from $125-300 depending on the amount of labor put into it. She also does custom pieces for specific purposes, like sets for sisters, friendship rings, etc. For more information, go to www.tabaybej.com.

The last jewelry designer is Chantala Parris of Hide Your Feathers. She specializes in feather earrings made from naturally molted feathers from a variety of birds. She feels that what sets her apart from other feather earring designers is her attention to the bead and wire quality. She gets her inspiration from nature. She is also a painter and she has been exploring many patterns with a nature-theme. She was attracted to the patterns on the feathers and wanted to expand her creativity into making jewelry. Her price points range from $5- 50 because some feathers are more expensive then others and she uses real gems. She sells at local art shows like the Downtown Art Park-www.citizenla.com. For more information, go to www.HideYourFeathers.Etsy.com.

The last artist is a rather unique illustrator. Lori McMichael had little frames with lips and nipple markings displayed. The Art Center College of Design grad finds inspirations through expressing her love to her friends. She takes something that would usually be romantic and twists it into something odd and humorous. She explains “that after the kiss marks, the nipple marks were an evolution of the medium and the expression.” For more information on Lori’s illustrations, check out her portfolio at www.lorimcmichael.com or to purchase one of her pieces, go to www.etsy.com/lorimcmichael.

The fashion half of the show featured seven designers (including three of the artists) and four tall, dark (some blonde) and handsome men decked out in sunglasses and black suits that helped keep the crowd controlled and off the runway.
I saw fun, avant-garde vintage-inspired street wear from the line Lade Lade by Tiffany Maxwell (tffnymaxwell@yahoo.com). There were tees with rocker-inspired graphics on them. They are Rock Thiz Clothing (an affiliate of entertainment magazine, Rock Thiz Magazine) by Lisa Snyder (rockthizclothing@yahoo.com). I “heart” the club/rave vibe of Beauty is Pain Couture by Rio Warner (beautyispaincouture@gmail.com). Lots of bright colors, corsets, tiaras and pink hair. The models rocked it! Vintage goodness and deconstruction were the themes for Reincarnation by Allesa Willis (Allesawillis@yahoo.com). The show also featured artists Kimberly Tabay, Chantala Parris and Timmery Turner. Timmery also had made little tutus that went down the runway with her jewelry line.

Check out Sugar Art and Fashion Show on Facebook! Timmery will also be having “Sugar Part Deux” on February 12th at Loft 4300. Check out the flyer on my “EVENTS” page for more deets!

SPECIAL THANKS: The designers, models, J, artists, Tom Kirlin (owner of Loft 4300 and Timmery’s partner), the DJ, bartenders, waitresses and Katie from Urbansalt.com…

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