Category Archives: Fashion Design

Louis Vuitton Series 2 Exhibition | A Recap . . .

LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com This past week I had the pleasure of attending the Louis Vuitton Series 2 Exhibit in Hollywood. The self guided exhibit was held in a beautiful building with a maze of rooms housing different interactive references of video, clothing and images from the Louis Vuitton Spring 2015 runway show. The free exhibit allowed visitors a glimpse into the vision of LV designer, Nicolas Ghesquière, and the process behind the Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear line (the actual runway show was held during Paris Fashion Week last October).

Upon entering, we were greeted with a huge 3D LV logo made of parallel standing, bright red neon lights in glass panels. The logo is modeled after the monogrammed seals used on the original LV steamer trunks of old . . .

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LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com The next room held large scale holograms of models from the show. The large scale presentation in these first two initial rooms was really magnificent and modern . . .

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LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com The Louis Vuitton Series 2 Exhibit was very well done with a modern, cool vibe to it. I love that they chose LA as their first stop, and that photos were allowed (what better way to spread the word in this day and age of social media). The exhibit allowed visitors a much more personal interaction with the collection than one would normally achieve, unless they were in attendance at the actual runway show. As an added bonus, there was even a poster room, offering free posters and fun, modern stickers (reminiscent of the kind you stick on steamer trunks and luggage) to guests. LV Series 2 is off to Beijing this week for it’s second stop on the tour.

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Harlem’s Fashion Row Comes to Los Angeles!

HFR_thelookbookphilosophy.com HFR Location This Friday I had the pleasure of attending Harlem’s Fashion Row’s first LA Fashion Week showing here in LA. Harlem’s Fashion Row is an arts and entertainment movement that promotes diversity in the fashion industry. I remember discovering this organization when I was in college and really wanting to be a part of it, but they are based in NYC, and most of the opportunities available at that time catered to NYC and local East Coast talent. Flash forward to 2015, and here they are, branching out to the West Coast! HFR held  their first inaugural shows at a private estate in Beverly Park. There was a great turn out of approximately 250 guests with a solid mix of celebrities and local talent.  Four African American designers showed their wares on the poolside catwalk:: Kevan Hall, Kimberly Goldson, Joseph Bethune and Waraire Boswell. Prior to the fashion show, HFR founder, Brandice Henderson-Daniel had a sit down talk with the infamous Kevan Hall about supporting designers of color and how he has achieved his successes in the industry. All in all it was a great event, and I look forward to attending next season.

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Thank You for the Love . . . Seriously.

Thank_You _for_the_Love_thelookbookphilosophy.com_900 This post should probably be filed under Thankful Thursdays, but seeing as today is a beautiful, rainy Friday ☁☂☁, and my current mental state is reflecting full-on, hardcore thankfulness , I had to post it today, right NOW! I just wanted to send a thank you out to everyone who’s orders I am diligently working on filling right now. The orders are pouring in like a much needed California rain storm, and I am so thankful for each and every one of you!! Your response to the new collection, and the orders you have placed have been such a blessing and have allowed me to work even harder and more passionately at this business that I love so much! I am so thankful that you see the vision and are along for the ride with me as I continue to grow my business by offering new styles of handbags and accessories. I am filled with so much happiness right now! Sitting here at my desk today, looking out at the rain, I am thanking God for you guys. You make me want to continue to create more and more beautiful handbags that you will love. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU . . . you inspire me!!!

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Oscar De La Renta 1939-2014

THINGS NEVER HAPPEN ON ACCIDENT. THEY

I love this quote by Oscar De La Renta. There is so much truth in these few words. You have to see what you want, commit to it and work towards it every day. Anyone who has ever seen or had the privilege of wearing an Oscar De La Renta gown, can see that Mr. De La Renta was a man of vision and commitment to his craft. He designed and created beautiful gowns for women the world over, and has dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy. I’m thankful for the beauty Oscar De La Renta added to this world through fashion, and for the inspiration he was, and continues to be, for the many designers who have come after him.

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Emblem x Blogger Babes Fashion Presentation

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Hi guys! Last week I attended the Emblem Fashion presentation at the Gerry Building in Downtown LA. The event was hosted by Heidi Nazarudin (of The Successful Style / Blogger Babes. The presentation was a showcase featuring clothing from the Fall/Winter collections of five up-and-coming designers. Featured designers included SWF, a new Australian designer, Natasha Morse, a jewelry line, Spencer Lacy, another new collection from Australia, Locardi Scarves and Beatrice and Francis which featured beautiful African print fabrics. We were treated to small bites and gift bags from Delisun Confectionery. Here’s a first look at some of the collections . . .

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DELISUN CONFECTIONERY

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NATASHA MORSE JEWELRY

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 SWF

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For more information about any of the clothing seen here, contact Evelyn at Emblem Showroom.

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Ballet Preljocaj at the Dorothy Chandler:: A Recap

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Last week I attended opening night of Ballet Preljocaj’s Les Nuits, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The 85 minute ballet was well danced with an abundance of seductive overtones. The costumes were designed by well known couturier Azzedine Alaïa, however, there was no extravagance in design displayed.  I loved the staging of the scenes and watching the transformation of the stage with set changes and props for the different scenes. I really wanted to love this ballet, but there didn’t seem to be a continuous story to follow. It felt more like watching several different scenes of dances that that revolved around an erotic theme, yet didn’t relate to each other. Many of the dances had an abundance of stacatto movements and that may or may not have contributed to my feelings of the dances being separate and the scenes not flowing fluidly together as one complete performance. Perhaps that’s what the choreographer was going for?

The highlight of the evening for me, was meeting and speaking with Michelle Hebért and Bri Seeley, two local designers who were asked to submit designs inspired by the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, (also known as, The Arabian Nights).

MICHELLE HEBÉRT

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This fabulous full length white and gold chiffon gown was inspired by the Genie/Treasures. The gown was meticulously hand sewn to apply gold leafing applique’s to the golden plume which rises off the left shoulder. Per Michelle’s words, “Within the 1001 Arabian Nights Tales, the characters spoken of by Scheherazade are often seeking something, or come across artifacts or mystical creatures like the Genie that aids in their wealth and riches. This piece is a tribute to these aspects of her stories that relate both to the covetous desires of humans and the attainment of success.”

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Scheherazade is the legendary Persian queen and storyteller of One Thousand and One Nights. Legend has it that every day the king (Shahryãr) would marry a new virgin, and behead the previous day’s wife. 1000 women had been killed by the time Shahryãr was introduced to Scheherazade. (wow.) Michelle’s two-piece white and gold design is inspired by Scheherazade and consists of a beaded lace halter and billowy chiffon slip with lace details at the waist and flowing bell sleeves. For Shahryãr, Michelle created a full body white and gold stretch suit with lace details. Hebért says she wanted “to create a piece that was feminine while still having masculine properties that would lend itself to this main male character in the story who after being betrayed by his wife, would marry a new virgin each day. But before the beginning of the next would end their lives out of fear they too would eventually betray him.”

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BRI SEELEY

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Pieces from Designer Bri Seeley’s Chrysalis Collection 

Bri Seeley’s designs captured the femininity that plays throughout the story of One Thousand and One Nights. Her use of flowy chiffon and elegant silhouettes evoked the feeling of Arabian Nights and sultry sunsets. The deep crimson color seems to pay tribute to the lives lost by Shahryãr’s many new brides, and the rich black gave nod to a desert blanketed in the darkness of night.

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Such flowy sheer fabrics also gave me the feeling of tented caravans and desert breezes . . .

I love that the Music Center brought fashion and dance together for these three nights by challenging Bri and Michelle to create and show pieces inspired by the story of One Thousand and One Nights. It was such a treat to be able to cover these amazing designers and their work.

For more information on the designers featured in this post please visit: BriSeeley.com and MichelleHebert.com . Find out more about upcoming performances at The Music Center here.

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Ballet Preljocaj: Les Nuits (The Nights) @ The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

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I’m excited to be attending Ballet Preljocaj’s: Les Nuits (French for “The Nights”) tomorrow night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  Ballet Preljocaj is France’s leading contemporary dance company. Their latest production, “Les Nuits,” is based on the much loved tales of One Thousand and One Nights. In English, the tales are often referred to as  the “Arabian Nights.” Familiar stories you may recognize from this collection are Aladdin’s Magic Lamp, The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Other than the fact that I love the ballet, I’m excited to attend this particular ballet because the costumes have been designed by well known couturier Azzedine Alaïa. In addition, The Music Center has invited two local designers, Bri Seeley and Michelle Hébert to create three looks inspired by the tales of “Les Nuits.” Here is a look at some of the designers’ sketches . . .

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Sketch by Bri Seeley . . .

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Sketch by Michelle Hébert . . .

Ballet Preljocaj will be at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from June 20-22. Tickets are on sale now. For more information click here. or visit musiccenter.org.

See you at the ballet!!

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Designer, Artist & Fashion Entrepreneur Spotlight:: Sonia Smith-Kang of Mixed Up Clothing

Meet the first childrenswear designer in our DA+FE Spotlight Series:
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1. Peasant Top  2.  Pink Sugar Skulls Bloomers by Mixed Up Clothing

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Senorita Dress by Mixed Up Clothing

15 Questions w/ Sonia Smith-Kang of Mixed Up Clothing

1. What Inspired you to create Mixed Up Clothing?

Growing up I was always asked “What are you?” I have always been answering that question and in turn, teaching others about what it is to be multicultural. As a multicultural adult, I married someone of a different culture and had kids. So I basically just blended my love of teaching about different cultures with my love of sewing and created Mixed Up Clothing.

2. Did you go to school for design? If so, where?

I went to school to become a registered nurse. I was a registered nurse for 15 years. While I was a nurse, I became a teacher, teaching others about how different cultures react to being in a hospital setting. Mixed Up Clothing is just another step in that teaching process. I use clothing as my vehicle to teach.

3. Tell us about your ideal customer . . .

My ideal customer is a mom who loves to teach her children about different cultures; it’s anybody who has an interest in exploring the world, and teaching our little mini global citizens about someone else, in hopes of accepting and learning about others.

4. What advice would you give someone wanting to start a clothing line?

Don’t be afraid. Find your passion and don’t chase after the trends. Find a message and what you want your clothes to be about, and don’t veer from that.

5. What inspires you? What inspires your designs?

My inspiration always comes down to teaching and educating others. The inspiration for my designs comes from finding a fun print or fabric that has a cultural feel to it, and then I will learn about the culture. That’s what inspires me; finding out about someone else, and learning about a different ethnicity or culture.

6. What has been your biggest challenge starting/running your business? 

Definitely money and time. As a mother of 4 and a wife first, I find that trying to be an entrepreneur and make it all happen is very difficult . . . . and finding the money. There’s money out there. It’s just taking the time to find out where the money is and how you can get that, and use it in your business. If not, you just move a little slower, and that’s where the time comes in.

7. What would you consider to be one of your greatest moments or achievements related to your line/ business?

The smart thing to say is that it has to do with publicity . . . being on the TODAY Show or being in a big magazine, but I would say that the happiest I was, was when I saw somebody in a mall wearing my clothes. To me that is somebody who gets what you are doing, digs it and wants it for their kids.

8. How would you describe your style in 3 words?

Relaxed. Vibrant. Effortless.

9. How often do you add new pieces to your line?

I create 2 seasons/year. Spring and Summer.

10. Describe a typical day in your life:

A typical day starts at 6am for me. Monday-Friday it’s about getting the kids up and off to school. Then I come back and shower, do emails, check social media and prioritize my day. I then drive to my office in downtown LA. Once there, I start on my To Do list. My day consists of getting orders out, sourcing, putting out production fires, accounting and working on display and marketing. By 2:30 I am picking up the kids and doing their activities until about 6pm, then it’s dinner, bath, and bed for them. After they go down I go back to work from 9pm-12 midnite.

11. Looking 3-5 years out, what changes would you like to see, or can you forsee any big changes in your industry?

I would like to see retailers giving indie designers more of a chance. I think the public really loves the underdog, and roots for them, so I would like to see big retailers respond to that. As for big changes I see in the industry, I definitely see a trend to where the person who did not go to school for design can now create something and navigate their way through the industry and make it. You just have to have a plan. You don’t necessarily have to have the educational background to make it.

12. Where do you manufacture your line? Do you manufacture domestically or abroad?

I work with 4 different manufacturers. They are all domestic. I like to be able to see, feel and touch what they are doing.

13. What can we expect to see from Mixed Up Clothing in the future?

I’ve been asked to do a mommy and me line. I may entertain that. But for me, it might just be branching out and doing clothes for bigger girls. Right now I do sizes 0-7, I’m considering expanding to include 9-11 in the future.

14. Where can we purchase Mixed Up Clothing?

You can find us online at www.mixedupmarket.com. We are also in boutiques across the US as well as Zulily.com, and Vault Marketplace.

15. Because I am a handbag designer I have to ask: Shoes or Bags, pick one;  and tell us what you look for in a shoe/bag . . . ☺

I would definitely say handbags. They must be versatile, I need to be able to access things easily, like pull out a business card and carry a capri-sun at the same time. Basically it needs to be durable and fashionable.

Thanks Sonia!!! Had such a fun time hanging with you, and sharing our mompreneur stories!! Love the line, and what you stand for! xx

You can keep up with Sonia and Mixed Up Clothing here: web :: www.mixedupmarket.com :: twitter :: @mixedupclothing :: facebook :: facebook.com/mixedupclothing :: pinterest :: pinterest.com/mixedupclothing

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Behind the Scenes | The Young & The Restless Wardrobe Dept.

Y&R_WardrobeCloset1_thelookbookphilosophy.com.jpg The thoroughly organized wardrobe closet was a blatant reminder of what a poor job I am doing with my own measly closet at home! If you could see what my closet looks like . . . it’s absolutely ridiculous to say the least. That’s why I love other people’s closets. But I digress…

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Last week I had the fun experience of spending the day behind the scenes of The Young & The Restless with friend and fellow blogger, Theresa Broadnax. Before I go any further, I just have to give a shout out to Theresa. We’ve only recently met, but we have connected on a several levels, both creatively and fundamentally. I think it is so wonderful when women can come together and support each other in their endeavors. I’m really glad God placed her in my life. Theresa is a costumer for the wardrobe department of The Young & The Restless, as well as a designer, make up artist, and celebrity stylist. This woman lives and breathes fashion and creativity. There was much to talk about as she showed me around CBS studios, introducing me to her friends and co workers. Many of them faces we see on our TV screens every day. Theresa has worked on Y&R for ten years, though she first started at CBS on the Tyra Banks Show. She was even awarded an Emmy for her work on the show!

The Young & The Restless is one of America’s longest running soap operas. In fact, they recently celebrated 41 years on CBS. To say the least, my visit to the studios was a treat. I got a full tour of the wardrobe department & sewing room, the “double decker” wardrobe closet, the sound booth and was also able to sit in on a scene taping with Elizabeth Hendrickson, who plays “Chloe Abbot,” and Melissa Claire Egan, who plays “Chelsea Lawson.” The whole “behind the scenes” aspect of television is just as interesting to me as the part we, as the audience, get to see every day. I enjoy watching the actors pour life into the words in their scripts . . . and from a clothing standpoint, it is really a treat to be able to see the characters through their wardrobes. 

The Young & The Restless has a wardrobe team of 7. The team is responsible for selecting, cataloging, creating, shopping for, preparing and maintaining the wardrobe of the regular cast of the show, as well as the extras and special guests. It is a job that requires strict organization and attention to detail. When filming scenes, there are always a minimum of 2 people from wardrobe on set to keep track of the outfits and accessories worn during the scene, as well as the placement of these items on set. Since actors can go through many takes, it is imperative to take note of what is worn in each scene, especially since a scene may need to be picked up or added on to later. Y&R films approximately 40-50 scenes per day, which averages out to 100-110 pages per day. That is a lot to keep track of wardrobe wise. I happen to be one of those people who gets a kick out of spotting a mistake on film, but I would hate to be the one responsible for it! 

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Random Fact* Soap Operas got their name due to the fact that the first major sponsors of these shows were mostly soap manufacturers (Proctor & Gamble, Palmolive etc.) so the media began to refer to them as Soap Operas. I really wanted to know why they used the term opera… but I didn’t find any info on that aspect of the name.

A few images of more fun things I saw while visiting CBS Studios . . .

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Seeing how other creatives work is a driving force in my creativity. Not sure why, but the workspaces of other people have always been something that I am drawn to. I hope you enjoyed the tour! xx

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DA+FE | Designers, Artists + Fashion Entrepreneur Spotlight

TLBP_EDAFE SPOTLIGHT One of the best and most rewarding sources of inspiration for me are the people around me. Local designers, artists, photographers and fashion entrepreneurs. Real people who are getting up and going to work (or bedside desk) where they put in countless hours creating, building, crafting and curating their dreams. Many of them are students, mothers and people with “real jobs” that are building their dreams on the side. There is so much we can learn from each other by sharing our stories. My undying passion for fashion, design, and encouraging others, has lead me to create the Designers, Artists & Fashion Entrepreneur Spotlight (DA+FE Spotlight) feature to give you guys the opportunity to learn about creatives in fashion and fashion related industries. Regardless of our chosen fields, each of us has success stories, milestones reached, and goals accomplished that can be inspiring to others on a similar path. Part of the mission of THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY is to foster creativity while encouraging women to follow their dreams and create the lives they want to live. My goal for the DA+FE Spotlight is to highlight the women (and sometimes men) behind the dream, in the hopes that you will learn about the artist’s journey and what encourages them to work hard at fulfilling their vision day to day. I hope that sharing the paths others have taken will be inspiring to you as you continue working toward your own goals. #keepmoving

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