Fun, Flirty and Fabulous in Fringe

Swim Suit: Mailbu Dream Girl Hat: Saks White shorts: Free People

Swim Suit: Mailbu Dream Girl
Hat: Saks
White shorts: Free People

At the end of last summer I vowed to myself I would invest in an L Space fringed swimsuit. However, countless runway shows highlighting California’s lesser known yet equally talented swimsuit labels have convinced me I don’t need to invest $100 for a designer swimsuit. Despite how amazing I think the label looks on one of my favorite fashionistas. Kudos Ashley Tisdale for setting the standard on how to wear a fringed bikini!

Trend setter Ashley Tisdale was among the first to start wearing the infamous fringed bikini top by L SPace.

Trend setter Ashley Tisdale was among the first to start wearing the infamous fringed bikini top by L Space. There are options out there to achieve this look without breaking the bank. I found mine at Zumies on the sale rack.

And I know I sound like ┬ábroken record when it comes to how amazing it is to live in So Cal. But perk numero one million and one is not only is it summer almost all year round, but swimsuits are sold almost all year round. However, eventually and usually between January and March stores come to the conclusion it’s time to mark down “last season’s” collections to make way for the new collections. Correct me if I’m wrong oh fellow Southern California fashionistas but every season the swimsuits look the same. Exactly the same. Occasionally, every other year something exciting will happen. Someone will have a unique cut out. Someone will add some interesting hard wear to a piece. Or someone will remove a piece all together (hence those odd mens bottoms I’ve seen floating around the web.) Fringe detail on the front, is the latest trend that brought out the “omg that’s cute and I must have it” in me. When I found this set I was beyond thrilled to discover that unlike the well known label, this one was only $10 a piece as opposed to the $50-$70 a piece. I’d say that’s a bargain.

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LA Fashion Week: Project Ethos Recap

LA Fashion Week: Project Ethos Recap

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!

Michael Costello runway event for Project Ethos 2013 event

Michael Costello runway event for Project Ethos 2013 event

Michael Costello for Project Ethos 2013 event

Michael Costello for Project Ethos 2013 event

Michael Costello for Project Ethos 2013 event

Michael Costello for Project Ethos 2013 event

Michael Costello for Project Ethos 2013 event

Model Sarah Stage featured in Michael Costello’s collection. Perhaps inspired by the Angelina Jolie leg?

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.

Lily Ghalichi of "Shahs of Sunset" was the Costello's celebrity guest.

Lily Ghalichi of “Shahs of Sunset” was the Costello’s celebrity guest.

Michael Costello taking a final bow.

Michael Costello taking a final bow.

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.

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

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.

House of Pink Lemonade of Project Ethos 2013

House of Pink Lemonade of Project Ethos 2013

House of Pink Lemonade for Project Ethos Event 2013

House of Pink Lemonade for Project Ethos Event 2013

House of Pink Lemonade for Project Ethos Event 2013

House of Pink Lemonade for Project Ethos Event 2013

House of Pink Lemonade for Project Ethos Event 2013

House of Pink Lemonade for Project Ethos Event 2013

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.

Project Ethos 2013

Project Ethos 2013

Andrew Christian for Project Ethos 2013

Andrew Christian for Project Ethos 2013

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.

My favorite art piece at the show!

My favorite art piece at the show!