It’s that time again folks! We are gearing up for Fashion Month in LA. Kicking things off is the Los Angeles International Textile Show at the California Market Center starting September 29th and running through October 1st. If you are looking to source fabrics, the Textile Show is a great place to start. They even offer free seminars during show dates, so not only can you source, you can learn as well. For more information click here.
LAFC is hosting the Open Runway finale this Saturday at the W Hotel in LA. Three finalists, Sania Josiah, Darling Nikki and L’enfant Terrible will battle it out for a coveted sponsored spot in the Los Angeles Fashion Council Collections next month. The winner will be determined by LAFC Director, Kelsi Smith, last years Open Runway winner, Rose La Grua and a representative from the W Los Angeles, (the host and sponsor for this season’s Open Runway).
As well as the runway battle, the Open Runway finale will include a live performance from local singer/songwriter Romeo Testa and a pop-up shop from emerging LA designers.
The event is open to the public and those wishing to attend can RSVP via Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1soRoDZ
Open Runway is also hosting a contest via their social platforms – share the contest post and one lucky guest will win a VIP cabana + a round of drinks and appetizers for themselves and their friends. Check out their Instagram this week for more details.
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 . . .
Sketch by Bri Seeley . . .
Sketch by Michelle Hébert . . .
See you at the ballet!!
Blogger Kastle, of StilettoCity partaking of the yummy food options at a recent Blogger Babes Pow Wow
Blogger and documentarian, Naiyah Scaife perusing the libations . . .
Fellow blogger Lauren Cash of BreatheandNourish.com and Moi . . .
I can not stress how important it is to get out and be active in your industry or chosen field. I have really made it a point this year to get out from behind my desk and be truly present by attending more events. As difficult as it may be, trying to schedule things into the day to day of life, family and just plain tiredness, I know that with each outing, event and meet up, I come away with more than I had when I arrived. I love to learn and glean information on better ways to do things and best practices. Honestly, I’d much rather learn from other’s mistakes than my own. I think one of life’s best “classrooms” is found amongst our peers. Last week I attended another Blogger Babes Pow Wow. It is held monthly, at the home of Heidi Nazarudin, founder of the Blogger Babes. I love the Pow Wow’s. They are intimate, hosting usually between 15-20 bloggers, and there’s always a well edited selection of food and drink. What better way to network, learn and grow than with good food and new friends? If you are having a hard time getting active in your field, here are 5 simple things you can do to get the ball rolling::
- Join or start a Meet Up group related to your interests/industry.
- Take note of your strengths and your existing knowledge and keep in mind what information you may have that could be of help to someone you may meet at an industry event. If you are always looking to help someone, you are taking the attention off of yourself and putting it onto the other person. This makes it a little easier to approach people.
- Scout out local industry events in your area and schedule the ones that interest you on your calendar ahead of time.
- Set a mental goal of one thing you want to accomplish, or person you want to meet at the event you are attending. This will provide a little direction for you and help you to view the event purposefully. It is also a simple way to take a small step closer toward your “bigger picture” goal.
- Invite a friend to attend with you. Sometimes it helps to have a friend to be accountable to.
Do you have any industry events scheduled on your calendar for this month? If not, how about scheduling at least one by the end of the month? ☺
image credit:: Erica Hampton
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