On Saturday I attended a few of the Concept LA fashion shows at The Mack Sennett Studios in LA. The first show was Camelia Skikos’ Fall/Winter 2014-15 collection which was inspired by San Francisco, the city in which she currently resides. Skikos, a former designer for Levi Strauss and the Gap, created a collection using vivid colors directly inspired by street art visible around San Francisco. Dresses, jackets and skirts bore complementary colored leather trim which created a feeling of monochrome mondrian color blocking. Silhouettes were structured and clean, yet retained an edge of feminity. The collection was balanced out by blacks and grays and styled with bright lips and futuristic disc-shaped head pieces. Of note, is the fact that all garments are designed and made in California. Definitely a plus for our local economy!
Altaf Maaneshia’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collection featured a rich, relatively neutral palette consisting of shimmery golds, rich tweeds, emerald greens, grays and blacks. The line featured an array of pieces ranging from leather trimmed dresses, skirts and jackets to solid leather pants and even shorts. Silhouettes were sleek and feminine with an urban edge. I was particularly fond of the slim fit dresses and the rich color palette of this collection.
Swimwear trends hitting the runway at the Skinny Bikini show last week included high waisted bottoms, ethnic prints, ruffles, strategic cut outs, animal prints and gold details . . .
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The Kinsman by Joanna Kinsman swimwear collection featured brazilian cut string bikinis in neutrals trimmed with black lace, ruffle bandeau tops and triangle tops in richly colored earth tones like orange, turquoise and sea glass . . .
I love the colors used in this collection. The bikini’s were beautifully cut and texture and interest were added via the use of layered ruffles, scalloped edges and lace trim.
What do you think?
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Sunday night was the start of Fashion Week in Los Angeles. Veronica Welch, co founder of Style Fashion Week, jump started the festivities by introducing Mayor Eric Garcetti who gave an encouraging speech about the role Los Angeles plays in the fashion industry and it’s ongoing transformation into a fashion capital.
Ina Soltani is an LA based designer and FIDM graduate who has created gowns for several celebrities in the past. Her collection for Fall/Winter 2014 featured neutral tones of black, silver and creme. This palette is one of my favorites, and Ina’s show was also a favorite during Style Fashion Week. Featuring sheers, and second skin stretch fabrics in black and silver, Soltani’s Autumn/Winter collection was edgy and classy at the same time, which can sometimes be a hard combination to pull off. The collection ran the gamut from grecian inspired empire waist gowns, to second skin cropped leather pants and black leather jackets with with draped chains. I loved the combination of sheer fabrics with leather, as well as the draping used on the gowns. The pieces were wearable and the collection was cohesive.
See more of the collection below and tell me what you think in the comments!