Old-school Glamour

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The historical Los Angeles Theater and it’s elegant nod to a refined LA before Juicy Couture and Havaianas took over  was a spot-on backdrop for the old-school glamour shown at Fremont. With a live jazz band playing, models eased down the runway in casual yet polished ensembles that evoked a new perspective on weekend casual. While the clothing spoke loud and clear to the future of relaxed fashion, the soft wavy hair and dark crimson lips whispered memories of a film siren from days ago.

The men at Fremont had an air of a brilliant, but tormented professor who philosophies with his students under a big oak tree. Suit jackets and even a tux tails  were the new definition of casual chic in washed fabrics with rolled trousers. The women were equally as polished in refined rompers and flowy dresses done in crimson, polka-dots and fresh florals, taken up a notch with silver statement necklaces.

The easy, chic style of Fremont’s Spring 2010 Collection reminds us that sometimes you have to look to the past to look to the future.

{Just a thought… be inspired that comfortable doesnt have to be super-casual. On your next weekend brunch or afternoon movie date ditch the flipflops and jean shorts and try a little romper or easy, flowy dress with sandals and see if you dont feel just a little more confident.}

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The Future is Calling

The Rachel Zoe dream team at Future Heretics

The Rachel Zoe Project's Brad Goreski & front-row fashionistas at Future Heretics

These may just be the guys you want to party with. A self-proclaimed “band of militia surfers from Southern California who call themselves the ‘Future Heretics.’” And the beverage of choice for said militia surfers and their gaggle of good-looking hipsters? Colt45. Yes, with a rowdy crowd ready to go, the revolution started with Colt45 in paper bags handed out to the seriously-styled front row. Talk about a photo op.

The guts and glory of the Spring 2010 collection were the  gorgeous leather jackets and vests in muted greys and mustards, sent down the runway on both the guys and the girls. I love an unisex statement piece and paired with one of their signature tees and shades, this one is laid-back chic with a Risky Business cool factor.

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Trendsetters like Rachel Bilson, Hayden Panettiere and Jeremy Piven already love contradicting their good guy/gal images with Future Heretics edgy tees. And while the new IT tee is probably not “The White Man is the Devil,” Im pretty sure this gang of militia surfers have a few more choice words for the fashion-savvy crowd ready to listen.

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Photos By:InHouse

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

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Nick's got jokes ................................................................

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Randolph Duke

Designers Nick Verreos and Kerry Cushman

Designers Nick Verreos and Kerry Cushman

Photos By:InHouse