Explosions of fresh young talent, color and cutting edge design filled the Fashion Designers Expo (FDE) on Saturday, June 20 at the JW Marriott at LA Live. The FDE, according to fashiondesignersexpo.com, is an “internationally cultured runway exposition produced by Karine Melissa and Team FDE,” and this past Saturday, the organization held their main fashion event showcasing nine new designers: In’tyce Swimwear, Mon Reve, Skinny Bags, Muheeka Collection, Yasser Faraco, JRod Designs, CW Sport, Prestigace, and Sugarpuss Collection, and closed with a special presentation by West Coast celebrity designers Courtney Allegra and M the Movement. Though the FDE was originated in Miami, Fl., the expo was brought to Los Angeles this summer for the first time. And though the goal of the fashion show was to expose new designers and their work to potential clients and media, the FDE also partnered with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation of L.A. and donated their proceedings to the foundation.
Actress Trishauna Clarke was the MC of the show and started off by introducing the concept and goals of the FDE as well as briefly introducing each designer before their pieces were modeled on stage. Other special celebrity guests, such as San Fransisco 49ers player Marcus Cromartie, Nickelodeon actress Lilimar Hernandez and actress Katie Rotolo were also in attendance.
The first collection to appear was Enigmatic which is described as “mystery for the lady that wants to stand out”. The line was filled with bright colors such as bright reds and blues with pieces that were eclectic and varied in style from leather skirts to silk dresses with accompanying ruffles and frills. The creator of the line is 15 year old Aliyah Royale: Her designs were all inspired from pieces she has seen at the 2015 Met Gala and started designing clothes two years ago. Has designed pieces for the red carpet and designs “one of a kind pieces” with the goal to someday have her work showcased at Paris Fashion Week.
Next up was Intyce Swimwear, which was comprised of solid colored monokinis in various colors. The strategic cutouts left little to the imagination yet still captivated the audience with its bold and edgy designs. The collection also mixed animal prints with vibrant colors, which is sure to be a hit this summer season!
Prestigace: “For the well-rounded man who bridges the gap between street and high fashion” The models emitted a similar vibe of unique but casual cotton material shirts and varsity jackets that would remind customers of chic varsity style clothing.
Mon Reve by Kendyl S. Powell
The charismatic collection is from a thirteen year old Designer that created a line filled with bright “summer inspired outfits for other girls her age” with her proceeds benefitting “Let the Runway Meet the Cause”.
Ferocious Fashion and Skinny Bags: A colorful collection that wants women to feel confident and sexy! The line was filled with bold statement pieces that are perfect for trendsetters with an affinity for cutouts and sequins.
J Rod Designs
A contemporary line created by a 14 year old animation artist that started drawing his cartoons onto shirts. The unisex casual cotton t-shirts adorned with cartoons are perfect casual statement piece for the summer.
A collection filled with flirty and fun outfits for women! One of our favorites from the evening!
Celebration of Women Collection: “Celebrate women for women by women”
In each clothing item, inspirational messages were stitched on the inside in place of where the size on the product is usually placed. “The reason I believe this is important is because we as women have a lot to offer this world and if we can inspire each other, we can do some amazing things.” – Terra J (designer)
Created by the same designer of the Sugarpuss collection. Muheeka Collection is inspired by Peruvian tribal fashion. It’s reminiscent of glamorous tribal wear with black and white outfits adorned with cross stitching and tribal print.
Photo Credit: Jeff Linett
By: Mabel Kabani (The Dia Diaries, Fashion Contributor)
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.