So unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to see all the shows due to being stuck in notoriously horrible LA traffic. But the best shows were really saved for last!
By far my favorite presentation was Project Runway alum Michael Costello. After watching several interesting shows, every piece that sashayed down the runway literally took my breath away. From the draping, to the dramatic cuts, Costello nailed it! What I loved most about the collection was he designed pieces as an art form. Costello not only brought fabulous designs but a celebrity guest model as well. Lily Ghalichi of reality TV show “Shahs of Sunset” concluded Costello’s show in a stunning lime green and black lace piece.
One of the things to keep in mind about LA Fashion week, is it is not neccessarily a prediction of a season months to come, but rather a celebration of individual spirit, attitude and style. I had to remind myself of this when Tumbler and Tipsy by Michael Kuluva made his presentation. While initially, the collection reminded me of Betsey Johnson when she started embracing grunge, I silenced my inner Joan Rivers and really started to focus on the glam behind the grunge. Some of my favorite pieces of course were the ones accented in metallics or the gowns covered in sequins. As a self proclaimed lover of all things that sparkle, I really did find love in a hopeless place.
House of Pink Lemonade, debuted a collection that still has me contemplating what I thought of it. I did not love it, nor did I hate it. While many in the audience expressed rather puzzled expressions while the models very slowly walked the runway, as a photographer trying to capture the movement, I loved this unique aspect of the show. The pieces were VERY hit and miss. I loved the suits in bright colors and embellished with trim or buttons, everything else was just OK.
The highlight of the evening though, for those of us that stayed for the after party and mingle amongst the beautiful pieces of art was definitely the surprise show by men’s underwear designer, Andrew Christian. Naturally, when you have mostly naked, very attractive and very ahem, built men walking down a runway you are going to get a lot of enthusiasm from the crowd. Seriously, I felt like I had somehow gotten trapped in the filming of Magic Mike. But the energy that came from that segment of the show definitely set the pace for the rest of the night as everyone seemed to begin to enjoy the event and immerse themselves in all things fashion and art.
Overall, the evening was nothing short of anything I would expect from an LA fashion show. There was complete appreciation for a variety of styles, and all the attendees took the opportunity to express what style means to them. My only concern for LA is, fellow Angelenos for being the most excentric of the fashion lovers crowd we really need to embrace more color! So much black and white you would have thought we were attending a runway event hosted by Coco Chanel herself. I guess when it comes down to it despite all the rough edges we are quite a classy crowd ourselves.