Femme Fatale

DTLAFW_S10_FemmeNoir2The Fashion Angel Awards Emerging Designer Show kicked off with Phong Hong’s aptly named collection, Femme Noir. After reading his bio, I was a little concerned. With his roots in graphic design, Hong’s resume included stints for Ed Hardy and fans including someone from Paris Hilton’s My New BFF (Season 2, if you care. Yea, neither do I). Here’s the thing… Even if you did work at Ed Hardy, don’t tell anyone! Seriously, just cash the check and keep on walking.

But luckily for Hong, as the lights went up and the first feminine look floated down the runway, I forgot all about tiger tattoos and reality tv stars. The first half of the show was a cohesive collection of dreamy dresses in a nude and pale pink palette that makes you want to eat cupcakes and coyly bat flirty eyelashes. Well-crafted variations of feminine silk chiffon mini-dresses with just enough of a darkside to feel hip and fresh. Standout details include a cap sleeve sheath with raw-edge ruffles made to look like feathers, floaty silk tulip leaves with black straps and an edgy exposed back zipper and most successfully a fitted sweetheart bodice with a short, but volumonous skirt composed of delicate raw-edge silk rosesettes finished with a black satin belt.


The second half of the show wasnt as memorable, with a minor fit problem here or there, but showed some interesting techniques of fabric manipulation. All in all, Hong’s debut successfully translated his vision of the Femme Noir, and blissfully, not a tiger tattoo in sight. Keep on walking, Hong, keep on walking.

Phong Hong's Femme Fatales
Phong Hong's Femme Fatales


 

Downtown L.A. Fashion Week

Designer Kerry Cushman
Designer Kerry Cushman

Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Week kicked off it’s Spring 2010 runway shows yesterday to a rain-soaked crowd at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. In a bid to stand out as the official LA Fashion Week organizer, DTLA colaborated with The Dept of Cultural Affairs for the City of Los Angeles and some famous LA faces to produce the kickoff show, the Fashion Angel Awards Emerging Designers Show. Judges Randolph Duke, Nony Tochterman of Petro Zilla, Nick Verreos, Project Runway winner Jeffery Sibilia and Vanessa Gonzalez selected three emerging designers to showcase their collections. And while Im a bit bias to GenArt who’s been supporting emerging designers for years (it’s kind of their thing), what the heck. There are more than a few indy designers in LA who could use a little boost and with GenArt’s ‘Fresh Faces in Fashion’ show not until the end of the month, I guess there’s room for everybody.

Project Runway designer Nick Verreos and Nony Tochterman of Petro Zillia
Project Runway designer Nick Verreos and Nony Tochterman of Petro Zillia

Nick's got jokes
Nick's got jokes ................................................................
Randolph Duke
Randolph Duke

Designers Nick Verreos and Kerry Cushman
Designers Nick Verreos and Kerry Cushman
Photos By:InHouse

Sparkle & Shine

Uh, I am in LOVE. I got this little number at a stylists sample sale last week and have been dying to wear it. It’s a serious statement piece, so the key to making it chic is all about understating the rest of the outfit. That said, it’s the perfect go-to for a last-minute event or party!

Style This: Sequin Jacket
Style This: Sequin Jacket

Style This! In LA, I’d pair with rolled boyfriend jeans, sky-high heels and a tee for an understated but totally special look. The muted tones of the grey and pink accessories quietly compliment the colors in the sequin jacket and the distressed jeans and tee tone down the look. Love!

{Diabless jacket w/: white Banana Republic tank, Kasil boyfriend-style jeans rolled up, grey Miu Miu handbang and pale pink patent heels by Shoes for Lovely People.}