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.
clockwise from top:: Brandice Henderson-Daniel + Kevan Hall | Front view of one of Kevan Hall’s luxurious gowns | Back view of Kevan Hall’s gown | show program
Though I usually don’t focus on menswear, fashion is fashion! I wanted to briefly introduce you to WAYWARD by Sam Adegoke. Wayward’s runway presentation last Saturday was a treat on a few levels. The collection was entitled “Nomads Cycle II.” Direct references to both the nomadic tribe of the Fulani and Adegoke’s love of motorcycles were visible throughout. Leather jackets, pants, shirts and vests were present in the collection, and well worthy of any motorcyclist. The palette consisted of black, taupe, cream, saddle and muted burgundy tones. Models were styled ruggedly, with many wearing dreadlocks or mussed hair styles. I loved the influence of the earth red scarves worn either around the neck or covering the lower half of the face. The juxtaposition of the traditional earth red fabric being worn by a modern day biker would was spot on. Loved the clothes. Loved the show . . . and loved themodels!!!(just keepin’ it real. ☺)
Betsey Johnson made her LA debut at Style Fashion Week last week.Her participation in LA’s SFW is definitely a plus for LA’s fashion profile, even though her line is based in New York. The clothes were all Betsey; bright colors, short skirts, skin tight metallics, animal prints and thigh high striped stockings were among the offerings that strutted down the runway. The runway presentation was full of energy and fun to watch. You could feel the excitement in the air while waiting for her show to start . . . . and that anticipation did not disappoint once the show began. The conglomeration of colors, fabrics, prints and textures may be a bit much for the average girl, in other words, Betsey’s clothes are not for everyone. But the spirit and energy she puts into her work is almost tangible.
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.
Opening night of Style Fashion Week ended in a glamorous trip down the runway with the label Tatyana, designed by Tatyana Khomyakova. Khomyakova’s inspiration for this collection came directly from clothing styles of the 1940’s and the colors of the Autumn leaves she saw around her. Rich reds, deep greens, blues and warm yellows were amongst the colors that sauntered down the runway. The collection consisted of cozy wools, stretchy knits, beaded lace, shimmery satins and floral prints. Silhouettes gave a direct nod to the 40’s, by accentuating the female figure with high waisted pencil skirts, fitted midi dresses, circle skirts, peplum tops, belted coats, and elegant hats. The 1940’s were one of my favorite fashion eras. I loved this collection for the way it captured the style of the 40’s and made it wearable for today.
Do you like retro style clothing? Would you wear any of these pieces? Share your views in the comments section!
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 . . .
Designer Joanna Kinsman + model after the Kinsman Swimwear Runway show . . .
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.
Co Founder of Style Fashion Week, Veronica Welch + Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti
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!
March is a big Fashion month for Los Angeles.LA Fashion Week is just around the corner -next week to be exact! I’ll be covering a few shows via Style Fashion Week and I’m looking forward to being able to share those with you, so stay tuned! Along with LA Fashion week there are a lot of other industry fashion related events going on around town. Here are a few events happening this month, and I will post more as I hear about them (click the images for more information). Get your calendars ready ladies!
The Haute Couture shows in Paris are taking place as I type. Here are a few soft looks from the Giambattista Valli Spring ’14 show. I’ve created a color palette as a guide to how you might be able to incorporate some of these colors into your Spring wardrobe. Tomorrow I will post a bolder palette relating to the Spring ’14 Valli Couture show.