LA Fashion Week 2017
Style Fashion Week Immerses Los Angeles in Fashion, Art and Music
Style Fashion Week Los Angeles immersed guests in a mesmerizing week of must-see runway shows, exclusive art installations, and unforgettable live performances. The week began at Avenue LA, with an elite opening reception hosted by Notorious Pink Rose. Guests attending the opening reception could find bottles of Notorious Pink atop VIP tables, stocked behind bars and flowing through the glasses of designers, models, celebrities, and socialites. The premiere party set the tone for an exciting week of events to follow.
Style Fashion Week began on October 12th, with the Pacific Design Center, new home to WeWork, as the backdrop for the events. Night one of Style Fashion Week opened with the eccentric designs of Adriana Sahar’s collection, “Super Nova.” Her collection was followed by the cutting-edge designs of Merlin Castell, whose collection was inspired by The Last Jedi, painted the runway in liquid rosepinks and shimmering blacks. Ending the first set of shows was a never-before-seen collection by Andre Emery, who opened the collection with a performance by Julian Brooks and Syd B. Emery excited the star-studded audience, sending prominent social influencers such as including Kate Compton, and Hanna (Barbie) Beth down the runway. A special appearance from the Mayor of West Hollywood, John Heilman, kicked off the second set of shows as he celebrated the fashion, art, entertainment, and culture that Style Fashion Week brings to the WeHo each year. He announced Style Fashion Week as the Official Fashion Week of West Hollywood. Following the announcement were the debut looks of Salas Activewear and theRock n’ Roll Fantasy collection of Nikki Lund.
Friday night at Style Fashion Week drew a crowd, as the looks of international designers swarmed the runway. Kicking off the night was the glamour-queen inspired designs of KK Swimwear. Following KK Swimwear was Michelle Ann, who fearlessly made her way to Los Angeles to showcase her designs after facing the devastation of hurricane Maria in her home of Puerto Rico. Her collection was inspired by the elegance and beauty of Castle Santa Catalina in Puerto Rico—but what was truly inspiring was her perseverance and grace in the times of hardship. Closing the first segment of shows were the couture children's’ designs of Ydamys Simo. Moods of Norway opened the second set of runway shows, the show appropriately drawing inspiration from the film Friday the 13th. Moods of Norway’s polished collection was followed by the incredible works of Project Runway All Star’s Sonjia Williams. Closing the night was Mario De La Torre, whose models gracefully floated down the runway in all white donning the collection, “City of Angels.”
Saturday night at Style Fashion Week began with a moving tribute to the veterans and homeless communities of the United States of America. The Brenner Foundation, who is the official charity partner of Style Fashion Week commenced the night with a rendition of the National Anthem, sang by Melody Federer. Christine Brenner moved the audience, discussing the mission of the Brenner Foundation, which is “to motivate, inspire and transform individuals, corporations and organizations by creating awareness to mobilize support to a national community of patriotic individuals for the benefit of our Veterans and homeless.” Christine’s speech led into a presentation by Angela Luna of ADIFF. ADIFF develops “outerwear that is multifunctional and transformable, we can be sure to meet the needs of the wearer - whether it is for a casual hike in the woods, strolling through the city, or helping someone survive.” Luna celebrated the strategic partnership with Style Fashion Week and the Brenner Foundation by announcing a donation of ten tent jackets for homeless veterans.
The night pushed forward—Chicago Playground opening the 7 PM shows, as the collegiate-inspired designs of Rodnell ‘KID’ Harris flooded the runway. The collection drew inspiration from cultural avenues such as sports, music and African culture. Chicago Playground was followed by the dazzling collection of Links by Gwen, whose metallic designs lit up the night. Closing out the first set of shows were the oriental designs of Honee. The 9 PM shows opened with an extravagant collection by David Tupaz. The designs drew inspiration from ancient Imperial dynasties of the Ming and the Qing dynasty, periods of history that exuded lavish ostentation, where women became powerful and were viewed as living works of art. Following David Tupaz, was a collection by Richard Hallmarq. Closing the third night of Style Fashion Week was Draya Michele’s Mint Swim SS18 collection. Models paraded down the runway in the hottest looks for SS’18.
The final night of Style Fashion Week began with a performance by Synai, leading into a collection by Rulli Torres. Rulli Torres was followed by the collections of Savee Couture, I.C. Isabella Designs, and Ellae Lisque. Guests, designers, models, and artists stayed hydrated throughout the event with Essentia water. Attendees were treated to live art installations, as TNT Agency brought the works of the Popovy Sisters to life, turning models into living fashion dolls. The works of John Paul Fauves were additionally found being brought to life, as models donning the eccentric masks mixed amongst the crowd. The second run of shows opened with an elegant collection by Valerie Kovalska, followed by the designs of Grace Moon. Romeo & Juliet Couture—a contemporary collection, offering over 200 new styles on a monthly basis, closed the 7 PM shows. Their collection drew inspiration from glam rock and Victorian influences, elevating the ordinary to extraordinary and empowering women with youthful eccentricity. Guests mixed and mingled in anticipation for the Marco Marco finale collection. Marco Marco released Collection Six 1⁄2, sending jaw-dropping custom designs down the runway on stunning gender fluid models. Notable models including James Charles, Brandon Pereyda, Laith Ashley, Ongina and more strutted down the runway, engaging the audience in the shocking designs of Collection Six 1⁄2.
LA Fashion Week SS18 collections. Jeffry Tan, Sav Lavin, Radka Salcmannova, Lela Eloshi, Marry-me Jimmy Paul, Nordic Angels, BYO, and Lotuz Jakarta
Written By MiKhala Haile
The Spring/Summer 2018 runway show this year during LA Fashion Week was nothing short of anticipating. The energy was live at the Hotel Alexandria, located not too far from LA's Fashion District. Outfits of the bloggers, stylists, writers, and fashionistas in attendance were put together with the feel of, "always camera ready" or, "you never know who you may run in to" motto's in mind.
Friday's show launched with George Styler, who's opening performer was a great way to start off the weekend's festivities. But once the models began their strut on the runway, all eyes, as they should have been, were on the gorgeous headpieces and bodysuits that dripped in colorful crystals and chains. There were also some handsome men added to the mix of beautiful models.
Transitioning into the cocktail lounge style waiting area, that included a decked out makeup station, a swanky VIP area, and two bars.
Inside, the front row seats were accessorized with custom "Rinda Salmun" gift bags. The bags were only part of the real treat...Rinda's unusual mix of asymmetry, vertical and horizontal stripes, wowed the audience as it was perfectly & effortlessly executed on her garments. To top things off, her beautiful, handcrafted, over-sized flower earrings that are sure to start a trend for SS18 were in the bag.
Saturday, October 7th, in the Alexandria Ballroom was all about Bishme Cromartie. Some of the stylists to the stars lined up in the waiting area to be seated front row at Bishme's highly anticipated show. Inside the show, you could feel the energy levels rise as the projector on the screen read "Bishme Cromartie."
They say the best things in life glitter and sparkle (maybe not they, just me, and probably Mariah Carey) and that's exactly what Bishme's show did! Incorporating "power suit" pink and a "cute" cream in the array of grey and glitter, the collection was produced very, very well. So much so, that you probably knew his exact vision when making his SS18 collection. The most stunning look of the night was a see-through, glitter filled, long-sleeved party dress. From its medium front slit to the puffed shoulders, to the silver/metallic belted waist, it's no wonder it made the pages of British Vogue & named Bishme as one of the three designers to know from LAFW.
A very big recognition to all the designers who debuted their SS18 collections. Jeffry Tan, Sav Lavin, Radka Salcmannova, Lela Eloshi, Marry-me Jimmy Paul, Nordic Angels, BYO, and Lotuz Jakarta who all had wonderful shows as well. We will be back next year anticipating, the next lineup of designers going to live up to the expectations of this year's designers.