This year I had the privilege of covering [and walking] in LA Fashion Week 2008. Every night was a blast and every designer was sensational in their own unique way. For more photos from the week, please visit my gallery of fashion show pics! For details on the hottest dresses, shows and Fashionista sitings read on.
My week started out in Santa Monica at the SJOBECK Design show. Their music was my favorite, BY FAR. They opened up with one of Santogold’s hits and from there I knew I was going to love the tunes. They have a very Malibu-esque vibe to their pieces…definitely something any girl could wear on a day to day basis. Lots of cute high-waisted skirts and comfy tops. The SJOBECK after party had the best food as well! Sweet Potato fries with a home made dipping sauce, tuna tar tar in a won ton shell, lots of fruit, and endless drinks. The venue was beautifully ordained with glistening tiny white lights, white couches and white curtains. It was a very elegant but fun atmosphere.
The next night the MAGGIE BARRY show was held in Downtown LA. There was a circus theme, which I loved! And they played music from Cirque Du Soleil as well as my favorite song by Les Triplettes De Belleville, called Cabaret Hoover. The show opened up with a transvestite violin player and ‘Strong Man’. Throughout the show there were Belly Dancers, Latin Performers, Hula-Hoopers and more. Jeffrey Sebelia, winner of Project Runway season 3 was in attendance. I went to Flaunt Magazines after-party on sunset, and that was a lot of good times as well.
This past Tuesday night I actually walked the runway for up and coming LA Designers at Club 740. [I got to open the show too!] Among those designers were Divination, Hummingbird, GypsyPlunk, Green Apple, and more. Being in the show was an awesome experience, even though it was absolute chaos backstage. The hair and makeup people definitely had their hands full. After I was done strutting I watched a second show by designer DrewBird. She opened her line with a Napoleon Opera singer and fire breathers! Definitely a dark and twisted Halloween like theme to her garments.
Leila, designer for GYPSYPLUNK
Thursday night I went to an art exhibition at Royal T in Culver City. It featured the Spring ’09 collection from designer Ambriel Floyd and Alison Cutlan. The gift bags were bomb!...and full of lots of little goodies like fabric cookies and a bamboo room freshener. They also gave out complimentary iced green teas and black teas while you snooped around the artwork. The place triples as a boutique, gallery, and café all year round and has a Harajuku girl type feeling too it. I suggest going asap.
Saturday night was spent at the California Market Center for VOOM, by Joy Han. Her designs were flawless. Very classy, flirty, and bohemian all at the same time.
Fashion week ended at Box Eight with 3 back to back shows by designers Raquel Allegra, Post’age, and Kacoon. All three lines were fabulous but the high light had to have been Kacoon. The show opened up with crazy modern dancers and a point ballet performer. The models all had big black makeup around the eyes, setting the mood for a kind of Halloween-circus type show of the living dead. It ended with a Tissu performer who performed tricks right above the audience. [ Tissu’ing is done on a long silk-like apparatus] I’d have to say this night was my favorite. It was a very young crowd with a good band [The Cataracs] , good dj spinning [DJ Havok], and a good vibe. They also played Bat for Lashes during waiting periods, whom I love. Alexis Arquette [brother of David Arquette], Bobby Trendy, Clint Catalyst and Audrey Kitching were just some of the people in attendance.
Betty Bottom Designer
Remember, for tons of other photos from all of the shows, please visit my gallery of fashion week pics.
(Above: the oh-so fashionable Clint Catalyst)
Anyway, enough about Fashion Week in LA 2008 ... after all it is over and 2009 fashion is now the new talk of the town!
Who are your favorite designers of 2008? What was the store that you shopped at most this year?