On June 6th celebrities, stylists, models and designers gathered at TENTEN Wilshire rooftop lounge for the 2nd annual “L.A in a Day” fashion show. The LA Urban League Young Professionals hosted the event. Guests arrived to a lavish, intimately lit lounge with a red carpet perched high above Downtown LA. The event host Fonzworth Bentley (From G’s to Gents) charismatically interacted with fashion aficionados, while Leo Breckenridge (Former Days of Our Lives actor) and Gerreka Gilliam (Radio personality/ LAULYP marketing chair) hosted the red carpet.
Industry tastemakers networked throughout the plush rooftop lounge that featured music by TAGG TEAM DJs. Pop-up boutiques from local vendors, complimentary appetizers from Mmm Mmm Catering and a premium open bar sponsored by Courvoisier was also on hand. Without a doubt, the rooftop lounge was an ideal environment that welcomed both business and
Attendees were later requested on the upper level for the commencement of the fashion show. The sprawling second level donned an enthralling view of the skyline with a white runway that lay beside an illuminated turquoise swimming pool. Chairs lined the pool area for celebrities, editors and VIPs, while other guests stood excitedly waiting for the start of the show.
The first collection Candy Coated Swimwear by Kianna Shann featured beautifully bold pieces. The brand was created for the girl who spends countless days on the beach or lounging pool side. It’s full of fun, sexy, sophisticated cuts and prints. Toned models appeared into the cool spring air confidently sporting designs that are sure to make a splash this summer season.
The show then transitioned from the beach to the office showcasing Michael Ferrera Custom Clothing by Michael Ferrera. They say that your image speaks before you have an opportunity to open your mouth; Michael Ferrera Custom Clothing says that you’re a gentleman. Tailored to perfection, handsome male models appeared in exquisite fabrics that left the crowd captivated. From a suit in the season’s hottest color (indigo blue) to an elegant and chic black suit, Michael Ferrera truly knows the science of a male’s body dimensions and the importance of personal style. Michael Ferrera menswear is a bespoke collection with a full line of men’s suits, dress shirts, blazers, ties and men’s accessories. Head designer and President as well as Author of “The Perfect Gentleman’s Pocket guide”, Michael Ferrera, created the brand.
The closing collection Nikki Kouture by Nickcole Stephens featured a brilliant display of pastel and metallic fabrics in feminine silhouettes. Nikki Kouture, a division of Supreme House of Style, is a contemporary women’s apparel line that mixes classic style and fine tailoring with an edgy twist. Each piece in the line allows you to mix and match while transitioning from day to night. Statuesque models brought the dazzling designs to life and further showcased the detailed intricacies of each piece.
At the close of an amazing event, the marketing chair of LAULYP reminded the audience of the significance surrounding the festivities of the evening. Not only to showcase the talent and dedication of the designers, but also creating a platform to give back. A portion of the fashion show’s proceeds will go to the REMIX program, the LAULYP’s mentoring program for high school-aged youth in the Los Angeles foster care system. The Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals (LAULYP) is comprised of African- American professionals ages 21 to 40 committed to corporate, social and community activism and improving L.A.’s African American business climate through networking and business development. For more information, visit laulyp.com
By: Chandia Brennen
Photo credits: Brandan J Zachery