Style Fashion Week LA: Dolcessa Swimwear

Katya Leoncio debuted her newest collection of swimmer for "Dolcessa" at Style Fashion Week LA Friday evening.

Katya Leoncio debuted her newest collection of swimmer for “Dolcessa” at Style Fashion Week LA Friday evening.

Some girls are satisfied with swimsuits made by the masses and sold in major retailers across the country. (Don’t knock a Target Swimsuit until you’ve tried one.) Then there are the girls that only live for the finer things in life. Those girls are most likely destined to be fans of Katya Leoncio’s luxury swimwear line “Dolcessa.” Pronounced Dol-chess-ah, it is a high class swim label that “incorporates European craftsmanship, Italian fabrics, and custom embellishments, accentuated by body flattering silhouettes.” Aka it’s for the girl who takes lounging by the pool as seriously as football enthusiasts take the Super Bowl.

This commitment to flattering a women’s silhouette in the finest fabrics and accented gems is what distinguishes the collection apart from the competition. Perhaps this also is the reason the label has been featured consecutively in prominent publications such as People, Maxim and Sports Illustrated. Umm, and let’s talk a second about those amazing head pieces by Clutch Jewelry! I would want to wear one of those with my gym clothes just because I assume I would feel so epic with a headpiece that grand. But take it from me, sometimes it is possible to go too big with accents and accessories. With this collection however, the styling with the head pieces and other accessories make total sense in the non-over dramatic way. Each and every piece perfectly compliments the bright colors and bold prints of the swimsuits. After all, a girl who seeks the finer things in life traditionally doesn’t shy away from being center of attention. And that is exactly what a girl who wears Dolcessa is destined to be: center stage and perfectly accessorized.

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Style Fashion Week LA: A’Qua Swim

A' Qua Swim Debuted Their 2015 Collection At Style Fashion Week LA Friday night.

                 A’ Qua Swim Debuted Their 2015 Collection At Style Fashion Week LA Friday night.

A’Qua Swim definitely kicked Friday night’s Style Fashion Week LA off right. Designer Adrienne Fuqua, a Southern California designer introduced the audience to her swim collection that had me thinking I need each and every one of those pieces! Sometimes I see swimsuits on a runway and I think to myself that’s truly amazing, but really how many girls would actually wear this on a beach? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for glitz and glam but it is possible to go too far.

Fuqua get’s this. Her swim collection, comprised of bright colors, bold prints, and subtle yet powerful detail was exactly what every beach babe wants. A knock out swimsuit that gives her confidence in knowing she’s going to turn heads. I loved that there were a variety of silhouettes to cater to each woman’s comfort level. Just because you can wear a bikini doesn’t mean you don’t have days in which you want to be a little more conservative. One of my favorite pieces of this collection was the Barbie pink one piece with short sleeves. The second I saw that piece I instantly had a vision of pairing it with a wide brimmed hat, giant sunnies and some nude wedges (fashion blogger problems, every good piece inspires a styled photo shoot.) No one piece was over the top and provided just enough of a foundation to make every wear a runway experience. Oh, and for all of my Disney Princess loving friends this fun fact is for you. There is an “Ariel” inspired swimsuit available for purchase on A’Qua Swim’s website.

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Style Fashion Week LA: Night One

Dress: Nasty Gal Necklace: Rebecca Minkoff Boots: Celine Paris

Dress: Nasty Gal Necklace: Rebecca Minkoff Boots: Celine Paris

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So as always Style Fashion Week LA was a blast! It’s probably my favorite week of the year! Not only is it a chance to see some of my favorites but I love getting introduced to new designers as well! There are no words adequate enough to describe how exciting it is seeing names I’ve seen on the runway hit the racks in my store. XCVI and Hale Bob are two that I’ve seen recently and I was beyond thrilled to be seeing one of them again on the runway this season. More on that though in my next post.

Style Fashion Week LA: Signature Young

Style Fashion Week LA: Signature Young

Style Fashion Week LA: Signature Young

Style Fashion Week LA: Signature Young

Signature Young kicked off the shows on Thursday night, with a performance and the march of a flag. Designed by Curtis Young, this urban chic ready to wear collection literally had me thinking “I am sooo ready to wear that!” Literally, I need to figure out where I can get the grey sweater shown above like yesterday.

Style Fashion Week LA: Control Sector

Style Fashion Week LA: Control Sector

Style Fashion Week LA: Control Sector

Style Fashion Week LA: Control Sector

Style Fashion Week LA: Control Sector

Style Fashion Week LA: Control Sector

Control Sector, a New York city based retailer was second to sashay down the catwalk. Immediately I was reminded of the casual cool apparel you find on the sophisticated skater/ surfer crowd you typically find hanging out in Long Beach or Huntington. Truthfully the words that came to mind when I saw Joe Simpson (yes, Jessica and Ashlee’s dad) walk down the runway smoking an e-cigarette was “lords of dog town.” This company, which describes it’s designs as a “blend of sophisticated street wear and modern mens wear that aims to defy convention, yet remain wearable” has been on the rise since it was founded in 2013. The LA market is just the next round of domination as the label just appeared in both New York and Fashion Week Middle East.

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

Style Fashion Week LA: I Am Zoe

I Am Zoe, a collection of beautiful feminine pieces immediately reminded me of couture labels Chloe and Stella Mcartney and were some of my favorite designs to walk down the runway Thursday night! From the structure, to the colors and cut out outs it was absolutely perfect! Designed by Otilia Mendez, the collection was a refreshing breath of fresh air in comparison to the sportier pieces that previously showcased on the runway that evening. These kinds of collections were more my style. Do some of these pieces look familiar to you? They did to me too actually, and that’s because I Am Zoe also showcased at Fashion Week San Diego. I look forward to seeing many more of Mendez’s beautiful designs on a runway very soon! In the mean time I need to know where I need to go to invest in one of these pieces!

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Style Fashion Week LA: Kaye Morales

Kaye Morales introduced Angelinos to her “Centipede Collection.” I wasn’t planning on unofficially awarding oddest yet hottest collection to any particular designer but she inspired the unofficial Just Jess Fashion Award. It was as if Lady Gaga met Britney back when she did her Oops I Did It Again performance at the MTV VMA’s back in 2000. This is not a bad thing for those of us who appreciate a sheer jump suit embellished with shiny and odd things. A designer who is known for her “style that intertwines opposing designs with utmost taste-urban street wear with class, punk with sophistication and elegance with a wild streak” has been on the rise since 2009. She’s not only wowing audiences at runway shows but also received the prestigious honor of receiving a designer profile in Vogue. I have no doubt we are going to see big things from Morales in the seasons to come.

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atziz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atiz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atziz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atiz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atziz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atiz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atziz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atiz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atziz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atiz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atziz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atiz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atziz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atiz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atziz

Style Fashion Week LA: A Atiz

A Atiz a collection of very feminine and romantic prints and colors was also one of my favorites of the evening. As odd as this may sound it reminded me of Alice and Olivia meets a H&M garden collection. Designed by Swati Padmaraj, the collections are inspired by both Eastern traditions mixed with Western innovations. Beautiful, expressive and sexy are the key words that come to mind when watching her designs float down the runway. Her pieces can actually be purchased from her website and are reasonably priced! Pieces start at $59. Way better than the triple digit price point you would pay for an Alice and Olivia piece and well worth the extra penny for better construction as opposed to a similar H&M piece.

Style Fashion Week: Judith and James

Style Fashion Week LA : Judith and James

Style Fashion Week LA: Judith and James

Style Fashion Week LA: Judith and James

Style Fashion Week LA: Judith and James

Style Fashion Week LA: Judith and James

 Style Fashion Week LA: Judith and James

Style Fashion Week LA: Judith and James

Aside from having a super cute name, Judith and James was the token So. Cal collection of the night. Reminding me of other So. Cal boutique favorites like Gypsy and Young Fabulous and Broke,  Judith and James nailed the Cali cool look. Anna Taylor’s inspiration for the label is actually much more enriching than being inspired by what’s currently in trend. Judith and Jame’s was inspired by Taylor’s experience working with the impoverished women and children of Nairobi, Kenya. It is her vision to use her creative talent to help those women in poverty. Anna is a rising star in the fashion world after first being introduced during New York Fashion Week in September 2013. I love discovering designers who create from the heart and work only to promote a better world through fashion, and I can’t wait to see what good things are next for this designer.

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Style Fashion Week LA: Donna Mizani

Concluding Thursday’s runway show was Donna Mizani. Although originally from New York and now based out of LA, this woman is known for her amazing cutout dresses! Not surprising at all considering we all know us LA girls love our cut out dresses. And truthfully readers the sexy modern silhouettes of these designs are what brought me to cheer loud at the conclusion of the show. Even better, I feel as though Mizani has captured a classic signature style for LA. What does that mean exactly? It means that you can invest in one of these pieces and can have it last for countless seasons without being concerned its’ going out of style. Even better, some of the pieces that made my jaw drop on the runway are now available to purchase at her website.

The Comedy Behind Style Fashion Week LA

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Ok, so I contemplated titling this post “Shit Fashion Girls Say At Runway Shows” after one of my favorite Youtube series, however i felt comedy was a more appropriate adjective to describe some of the things I over heard. Rather than just sit there and shake my head over the clearly undereducated attendees I opted to do a post about the brilliant commentary instead. Below are my favorite quotes of the night:

  1. (In super snobby voice) “Who would wear that? Oh, I totally want that.”- SMH
  2. “Oh my gosh! He did a teal collection!”- Umm ok.
  3. “I guess white is really in this Fall. A lot of these pieces are white.”- Excuse you, these are Spring collections!
  4. “Look at that length, you need that length! I can’t believe he did that length!”- Ya, I don’t even know about this. Designers typically make dresses in a variety of lengths.
  5. “Girls! Post this to Instagram! And tag him! I totally know him. I follow him on Instagram.”- I follow Britney Spears on Instagram, doesn’t mean I know her personally. Although, I totally wish I did!
  6. Guy sitting next to me, “Where am I?” My response, “you’re in LA, at a fashion show, and I think we’re in a parking lot.” Guy, “is this a big deal?” Me, “Yes. It’s a very big deal.”
  7. Crew member gets a little cray on some people sitting in other peoples VIP seats. Guy sitting next to me, “is this normal?” Me, “only at really good shows.”
  8. It’s about 8:30 PM, and everyone starts walking in late. Show started late. No biggie. Lady walking in behind me asks the security guy, “Excuse me, is this for the 6 PM show?”
  9. Another lady asks the same security guard, “Excuse me? Is this for the XCVI show?”- Me, umm there’s only 1 tent and one stage.
  10. “That old guy is tight!”- Me, that old guy is Joe Simpson!
  11. “Who is this guy? Is he a big deal? I think he’s like a big deal!” – Ya, that was Altaf Maaneshia. He only appeared at Style Fashion Week LA last year with Betsy Johnson. Oh and New York Fashion Week, twice. Oh and he just did Fashion Middle East. And now he’s back here again. So ya I’d say he’s kind of a big deal.