On October 15th Hollywood and fashion collide at the Art Hearts Fashion show for Los Angeles Fashion Week. The two-day extravaganza introduced Los Angeles to innovation and captivating designs from an impressive roster of notable designers. As a fashion editor, I’m often invited to really incredible events at beautiful venues but opulence would be an understatement when describing Tagylan Complex, which was the official venue for the Art Hearts Fashion events. Upon entering the venue gates, guest mingled in a romantic garden courtyard filled with art installations by Sham Ibrahim, Joseph Jasso and Eugene Huffman that wrapped around a lavish sparkling fountain.
The star studded event provided two sprawling red carpets (Perfect for Instagram) that welcomed fashion guest, celebrities and star athletes, including Terrell Owens, Deandre Jordan, No Doubt’s Stephen Bradley, Courtney Stodden, Joe Simpson, Bobby Brown, Members of Cypress Hill, Candice Cayne, star cast of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, Candice Cayne and playmates.
Inside several chandeliers dripping with crystals hung high like the Palace of Versailles (Very “Kimye”). With over two-dozen talented designers in attendance, its difficult to select my favorites but there were a few collections that were worthy of “standout star status!”
Seventeen year old designer Courtney Allegra captivated audiences with her incredible collection of swimwear in various colors and prints. Models with impeccable frames fiercely walked the runway, showcasing the brands versatility as well as the wearability for curvier body types. My absolute favorite was the monochromatic hues paired with stunning blue python prints, which is perfect for the chic woman that also likes to make a statement. Let’s face it, not all women love pink and glitter! Courtney Allegra served up suits for everyone’s appetite. While most designers play it safe, she enticed the audience with edgier cutouts in camouflage prints. I instantly envisioned Rihanna looking like the ultimate badass on the coast of Italy, yachting in camo Courtney Allegra. Can you say perfection!
In fashion we often hear the term “ready to wear” used to describe fashion collections. Simply put, it means taking the garments from the runways to select racks for style conscious consumers. Often time’s runway collections fall short in translating the functionality and style for real life women. New York designer, Hallie Sara’s monochromatic collection epitomizes ready-to-wear for a luxury market. It is comprised of smart pieces that can be worn by career women or sets that are ideal for the chic and fashion forward lady. There is an undeniably chic sophistication that hovers over NYC, which designer Hallie Sara encapsulates in this collection that includes sophisticated silhouettes in luxurious textures.
Girls just want to have FUN! The latest collection from Kami Shade brought a bold, vibrant and sexy aesthetic to the runway for ss 2015. I admit it; I’m attracted to anything sparkly and glamorous. I’m the reason department stores strategically place embellished gadgets at the register…that should be considered entrapment! The moment the sequins emerged onto the runway, I was captivated like a child discovering a kaleidoscope for the first time. As a person that works in fashion and isn’t required to wear business attire, a black and white sequined pencil skirt seems practical for my life. However, this collection is great for young, charismatic women that aren’t afraid to standout. Whether you’re planning a celebration or you just live for uber glam pieces…this collection is just right for you!
If fantasy and fashion had a baby…it would be Maya Hansen. Although I love a well-constructed ready-to-wear collection, my appetite hungers for creativity on the runway. Avant- Garde fashion is a respectable aspect of fashion because it takes a tremendous level of skill and courage to present to the masses. The ss 2015 Maya Hansen collection presented innovative designs in psychedelic colors that would be perfect for editorials spreads or a high fashion music video. Overall, in an industry that can often be very predictable, it was great to see a designer take unexpected risk.
Zhang Jing Jing
At some point in our lives whether we are single or in a relationship, we see a garment that immediately makes us think of our wedding day. The Zhang Jing Jing ss 2015 collection made me think of my wedding day, my reception, my anniversary, accepting an Oscar and any other monumental moment in my life that requires couture. My involuntary gasps throughout the show were so frequent that my colleague thought that I was hyperventilating. There are no words to define the brilliant craftsmanship and intricate design details for many of the gowns. With the thinnest layer of lace, models appeared to have swarovski crystals lying flat against their skin as if it were a birthmark. Pearls on the trains of a dress, lace going down the spine; unexpected details emerged with every step and turn taken by the models. All I have to say is “Dear Santa, I’ve been a good girl this year. Please leave a Zhang Jing Jing gown under my tree.”
Aside from the incredible display of fashion, Art Hearts Fashion had a deeper cause…spreading awareness. Founded in 2011 by designer Erik Rosete, Art Hearts Fashion partnered with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and supported their important work. Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the largest Global AIDS organization and the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider in the USA. AHF currently provides the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Asia. During Fashion Week, AHF promoted a text-to-donate campaign that allowed fashion fans to support Global HIV/AIDS healthcare treatment. Now that’s fabulous!
Art Hearts Fashion is produced by Erik Rosete in Association with ParkerWhitaker Productions.
Photo credit: Ken Alcazar
Chandia Brennen is a Certified Image Consultant and CEO of ItsGood2bME Fashion Consulting and Image Management based in Los Angeles CA, Chandia has been in the Fashion industry for over four years. She has worked for dozens of publications and holds the title of Senior Fashion Editor in both LA and NY. Chandia is a fashion scout for a Design Agency in NY and Brand Ambassador for HairEverywhere Luxury Extensions.