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.
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!
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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!