March 31, 2008
March 27, 2008
March 26, 2008
I'm the first one to admit the loathsome nature of certain "fashion rules". Like not wearing white after Labor Day... please, says who?!!! But this one here.. sandals over tights.. I don't know. Maybe I'm looking at it all wrong, because it's just not jumping out at me. What do ya'll think? Cute, or not cute?
Pic Source: People.com
March 21, 2008
March 19, 2008
March 17, 2008
(above) Photo credit: Ron Ward
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March 15, 2008
A few screen shots from San Francisco based designer Joseph Domingo's fashion show at L.A. Fashion Week...
If you've been a fan of "America's Next Top Model", then you should recognize the model at the far right in all black (above).
See more at www.josephdomingo.com.
Photo credit: Ron Ward
March 14, 2008
I had the chance to speak briefly with new designer Alexis LaMontagna before her debut fall runway show at Los Angeles Fashion Week, and although she was just a tad nervous, she couldn't have been sweeter. My interview with her and scenes from her show below:
Me: First of all, congratulations on your line, this is your first time showing, right?
Alexis: It is my first time ever, my first collection ever..
Me: And you graduated from Otis (College of Art & Design)?
Alexis: Design school is brutal! It was very tough.
Me: I know, right?! I went to FIDM, and you go in thinking that it's gonna be a cake walk and it's NOT.
Me: So what can we expect from your first line?
Alexis: Well, my vision for this collection was kind of a goth glamour, a little bit of Jean Harlow, but still very goth.
Me: So are we gonna see lots of black, or did you incorporate some color into this line?
Alexis: You'll see a lot of black, but there's also some red. Mainly black and red.
Me: Ok, I have a question for you, kind of off-topic. As a brand new designer, how do you feel about all the celebrities that are coming out with clothing lines and the impact that may have on newer designers out there, such as yourself?
Me: So you don't think that it [celeb clothing lines] impacts designers at all at some level?
Alexis: Well sure, I mean, if you have a celebrity that's gonna back a line and wear the clothing, then yeah, there's automatically gonna be lots of girls that are gonna wanna dress like them and look like them, so of course it does have an impact.
Alexis: I am just very interested in growing my line and growing up, and having my line grow with me.
Alexis: Thank you so much!
Photo Credit: Ron Ward
March 12, 2008
March 10, 2008
My 5 year old niece Autumn had a conversation with me not too long ago about the bows that she wears in her hair and she was expressing her dislike of their massive size. I think her exact words to me were, "sometimes the bows in my hair are so big, I can't even believe it!" I couldn't help but laugh at that while telling her mother (my brother's wife Nicole) about her feelings on the matter. And we both had a good chuckle about the whole situation. It was funny! I guess Autumn felt big bows in her hair were for "little" girls, and she was trying to make the assertion that she was no longer in that category. I said all that to say this. When we're younger, we often try to escape our childhood and youth before it's time. So when we're older, it's probably only natural that we want to rush back to anything that reminds us of being a little girl. And I for one, don't see anything wrong with that!
Imasu by Kellynishimoto kicked off Los Angeles Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios with a collection of very young, bright, girly looks. She showcased lots of big bows (loved those), ruffles, and embellished looks in a rich fall palette of color. When the first look (the grey knit sweater with the BIG black bow, above) came down the runway, I remember saying to myself, (OMG! I love it.) Other looks I liked were a red sequined, strappy cocktail dress she did and a short black mini dress with pockets accented with oversized buttons. Nice.
March 7, 2008
L. A. Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios kicks off Sunday March 9 and goes through Thursday March 13 and we're leaving for the west coast this weekend to cover a handful of the shows.
A few of the designers showing in Los Angeles:
Imasu by Kellynishimoto
Lauren Conrad from "The Hills"
Falguni & Shane Peacock
& Jenny Han just to name a few!
Add to that a long, overdue visit to my alma mater, The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising among other big things poppin', it's gonna be a super busy week! I'm really looking to be inspired... so stay tuned for more L.A. Fashion Week (Fall/Winter '08) coverage from Hip Candy!
Scenes from L. A. Fashion Week Spring/08 below:
March 6, 2008
Seriously, how cute is this dress? I must own it! And at only $39.99, this sweet little number is a part of Target's newest Go International line designed by California based design duo Jovovich-Hawk.
March 5, 2008
(and is her model ANTM Cycle 8 Winner, Jaslene?)
The Project Runway finale airs tonight on BRAVO.