Last night I attended Gen Art's Fresh Faces in Fashion In Los Angeles. The show was mostly a casual affair presenting the contemporary women's offerings of lines such as Leyendecker, Seneca Rising and Rory Beca. MG Black by Erik Hart offered some cool yet sophisticated looks for men and then there was Valerj Pobega. The bondage-inspired look of the collection was slightly off - ie the disturbing mouth pieces - but the look presented here was nevertheless one of my favorites from the event. Loving this amazing hand-coated organza short cocoon jacket. There were a few other looks including a long flapper dress and a dress topped with a silk charmeuse kimono top pictured below that were also quite nice.
BOXeight's "Re-Focus" event held in collaboration with Flaunt Magazine and L.A. Models was a highlight of LA Fashion Week. I covered the event for Apparel News, but here are some more of my shots from behind-the-scenes. Pictured above is a digital image from Ben Cope's shoot for FACTORY by Erik Hart. Designers and photographers participating in the event included Corpus shot by Patrick Hoelck; Lloyd Klein shot by Luke Duval; LOUVER by Louis Verdad shot by Don Flood; Jeffrey Sebelia shot by Kurt Iswarienko; SECTA shot by Peter Gurnz; Orthodox shot by Lionel Deluy; Skingraft shot by Gitte Meldgaard; Rami Kashou shot by Garret Suhrie. To learn more about the event read the words on Apparel News and be sure to check back here for more images.
During last week's Fashion Week flurry I managed to catch up with Valentino Vettori and Sam Ben-Avraham to chat about their new line Improvd. The pair of fashion's innovators have a wealth of experience in wholesale and retail have now launched their own collection of "Affordable Couture." Ben-Avraham is the owner of Atrium and the founder of the Project Global Trade Show and Vettori owns the Scatola Sartoriale showroom which is home to Vivienne Westwood "Anglomania" and Ilaria Nistri among others. When I first saw the collection at Project in Las Vegas in September it stood out with its cool sophistication and intellectual aesthetic. Minimal, chic and edgy, the collection captures the high-end artsy aesthetic of designers such as Helmut Lang, Rick Owens and Ann Demeulemeester. Think luxe leathers, washed treatments, tie-dye effects, t-shirts and denim, but at an incredibly low price point. All pieces retail between $41 and $308. The collection is set to debut at boutiques such as Intermix, Ron Herman, American Rag, Curve and Henri Bendel for Spring. To read the full story go to my home base at ApparelNews.net
Here are a few of my amateur shots from tonight's "Fashion: Refocus" event at BOXeight. It's part of the voyeuristic photo opps taking place behind-the-scenes at the art-meets-fashion event held in collaboration with Flaunt Magazine and L.A. Models. Images from the various designers and photographers will be featured in a special edition booklet published by Flaunt and BOXeight. This was Jeffrey Sebelia's fashion installation to be captured on film by Kurt Iswarienko.
More photos and a behind-the-scenes look at the event soon.........
Acne always creates an intriguing theme. For the latest issue, spirituality was chosen as a theme in the first issue dedicated to art. The issue addresses questions such as 'how has art addressed the idea of spirituality and the immaterial world in the history of civilization?' The cover in itself is captivating - Tilda Swinton shot by Paolo Roversi. There is also an interview with David Lynch, an homage to Edvard Munch and the lost secrets of the Sistine Chapel. Spellbinding indeed.
Gianfranco Ferré for Dior, 1989-90, red silk crepe gown, photo: Brian Sanderson/FIDM photography
Christian Dior, Adolfo Sardina, Hubert de Givenchy and Valentino Garavani - designer names that inspire visions of the couture. That is exactly what you will see at the "High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and The Haute Couture" exhibition which runs Oct. 21 to Dec. 13, 2009 at the FIDM Museum & Galleries. The exhibition celebrates the 151 year-old art of the Haute Couture by presenting Bloomingdale's personal style via her favorite designers. The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising celebrated the opening with a black tie soiree on Oct. 17 to feté the socialite and the fine art of French Fashion. Bloomingdale - in a vintage Dior haute couture gown - attended the event along with legendary designer James Galanos. I was there to cover the event for Apparel News and am already planning to make a second trip back. The exhibition is fascinating and includes an incredible amount of information, not to mention some exquisite couture gowns. It includes 60 ensembles that Bloomingdale donated to the FIDM Museum Collection over the past four decades. According to co-curator, Kevin Jones, this exhibtion is unique in that it is literally a case study of one individual, yet it's four decades worth of historical fashion. The exhibition includes not only garments, but photos, magazine excerpts and a video documentary that highlights Bloomingdale's fabulously chic international lifestyle. Imagine couture salons, chic parties and events such as the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. For more info go to fidm.edu.
James Galanos and Betsy Bloomingdale at the FIDM opening night feté
Christian Dior croquis, Autumn/Winter 1989-90 by Gianfranco Ferré for Dior
Karl Lagerfeld and Betsy Bloomingdale, Dec. 2, 1992, photo: Berliner Studio/BEImages
A fashion shot featuring an evening gown by Marc Bohan for Dior
Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, 1985, black iridescent coq feather and silk chiffon crepe dress, Brian Sanderson/FIDM Photography
It's the week of Pop-Up Shops and now LnA is popping up at Revolve. The party will begin on Thurs. Oct 22 with complimentary drinks and music by Delta Fiasco and DJ Virgin Tears. Get your exclusive Limited Edition LnA and Delta Fiasco tee including a CD and tote bag. The Pop-Up Shop will be open from Oct. 22 to Oct. 29, so stop by before all the goods are gone. Here is a preview of LnA's holiday collection......I'm loving the lace-back tees and shorts - Very '80s and Very Chic!!
Tis the season of pop-up shops. Citizens of Humanity will feté the launch of a month-long pop-up shop at Ron Herman on Melrose Avenue with a shopping event on Oct. 24. The premium denim brand and renowned boutique have teamed up to create a one-stop denim shopping destination. Customers can find the best styles offered By Citizens of Humanity this season. In addition, Ron Herman will be launching a Jean Bar expansion to coincide with the pop-up shop debut. The first 100 customers who make a Citizens of Humanity purchase the day of the event will receive an exclusive and limited edition tote bag full of must-have beauty products for fall from brands like Jonathan Product, Bristols6, and Beauty.com. Customers can also enter for the chance to win a $250 Ron Herman gift certificate during the event.
What:Citizens of Humanity Pop-Up Shop
When: Saturday, October 24th
Where: Ron Herman Boutique
Address: 8100 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
LA's very own "Jersey Girl" is opening her doors to the public. Rachel Pally, who creates luxurious jersey styles coveted by Amy Smart and Dita von Teese, has created a 1500 square foot Pop-Up boutique set to open on Oct. 22. Fall and Holiday 2009 collections will be available as well as discounted styles from previous seasons. Pally said she felt this was a great opportunity to participate in the changing market while getting first hand feedback from customers. The designer will make a three hour appearance in the boutique once a week to offer her "jersey expertise."
RACHEL PALLY POP-UP BOUTIQUE:
456 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles
Monday - Saturday: 11 am - 7 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 6 pm
Rachel Pally and Dita von Teese at a recent soiree in Los Angeles, photo: Chris Weeks/Wireimage
Dazed Digital does it again. The cutting edge mag created a couture "Franken-Fashion" mask project for their October issue. The "Make Me A Monster" theme was inspired by Alexander McQueen's thoughts on throwaway materials and Rodarte's A/W 2009 Frankenstein collection. And Halloween is just around the corner....... Here are two of my favorite looks made by Roberto Cavalli (above) and Martin Margiela (below) created with scrap materials from each designer's studio. To see more monster chic and read interviews with all 13 designers including Gareth Pugh, Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen, Bernard Willhelm, Riccardo Tisci, Hussein Chalayan and more........click here.