Fashion, Music, and Art Glow at Avalon
Designers, Musicians and Artists Provide Artistic Adrenaline for Event Goers
Los Angeles, CA- The Avalon in Hollywood was the destination for fashion aficionados, music lovers and art connoisseurs on June 19th, 2012 sponsored by Armand de Brignac. The industry meet and greet featuring signature “fashion”, “music” and “art” cocktails, a dessert bar by Sweets and Treats and decor by Savvy Flowers was packed with buyers, curators, press and participants. Attendees included reps from Tom Ford, the Dolan Group, Art Pic LA and a number of celebrity stylists.
With Reza Farahan, star of Shahs of Sunset and Golden Brooks from the CW’s Girlfriends settled in the front row, the first fashion show began with colorful collections of menswear, womenswear and accessories. Emerging designers Lauren Stucky (Lauren Stucky), Camiille Liim (Camille Liim), Noah Landis (Kent Denim), Candice Wu (Candice Wu Couture), Nausheen Gilkar (Sheen), Brenna Hoffman (XYST) and Michail Sykianakis (Mihail Kian) impressed the crowd with fresh perspectives for style this year. Models with hair and make-up styled by TNT Agency hit the runway in front of the largest high definition LED wall in any night club in the country.
Virtual Boy, a local electronica duo, performed during the break between fashion shows while live art from Lab Art’s Meex One, Felix, Septerhed and Philip Lumbang showed event goers the creative process behind their work. Alexander Salazar Fine Art based in San Diego brought Spenser Little who sold 4 pieces of his quirky, yet thought-provoking wire art.
The second runway show was a feast for the eyes with plenty of gowns and glamour from Project Runway Alumni Bert Keeter, Gordana Gehlhausen and Michael Costello. The crowd was thrilled to see some of their favorite characters of the Bravo show live on stage premiering new lines.
At 10pm the after party hosted by Jin&Quinn started with a bang as DJ Caroline D’Amore got the crowd re-energized. Shortly after, dancers from LA Doll House took the stage to open for 10 Corso Colombo, a favorite of celebrities such as Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett, Lindsay Lohan and many more. Taryn Manning spun as Venice based artist Flewnt took to the stage to create a Project Ethos inspired piece complete with a full 3-D sewing station including a working bench, sewing machine, iron and stool.
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Jin&Quinn create celebrity driven Branded Lifestyle Events in LA. Current clients include: The Sayers Club, Mondrian Hotel, The Andaz Hotel, The W Hollywood, Chinese Laundry, Ducati, Fred Segal, Chinese Laundry, THQ and Squaresoft and many more. Recent Guests include: Adrian Grenier, Andrea Lowell, Apl de Ap from the Black Eyed Peas, Bai Ling, Caroline D’Amore, Dev Patel, Ed Westwick, Emmanuelle Chriquiri, Florence and The Machine, Gene Simmons and Family, Jesse Metcalfe, Joanna Krupa, Joe Jonas, Josh Henderson, Jared LetoKevin Connelly, Kim Kardashian, Laura Shields, Macy Gray, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Salling, Melanie Brown, Melody Thornton, Rex Lee, Robert Kardashian, Sam Worthington, Shia Labouf, Shannon Elizabeth, Shar Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Lautner, Tara Reid, Taye Diggs, Vanessa Williams, Vida Guerra, Will.I.Am, Wilmer Valderamma, and many more.
So Anya won Season 9 of Project Runway. That’s not really much of a surprise since she won most of the challenges whether she deserved to or not. I do have to say out of the final four, she did have the best style. Her line was one-note, but I could actually see women wearing it. Since my favorite two contestants, Burt and Anthony Ryan, were already eliminated, I figured that Anya would win since the judges seemed to love her.
In other Project Runway news, the spin-off Project Accessory apparently already started with new host Molly Sims, and all new judges (weak). And we have to wait until 2012 for Project Runway All-Stars. (Mondo!)
With New York Fashion week coming up this week, I got to thinking about which Project Runway designers I think will be showing their collections. My top three picks are Bert, Anthony Ryan, and Kimberly (although that third spot is still up for negotiation, it could be Laura also.) There has been some drama this season with Cecilia choosing to leave after a horrible showing in the Nina Garcia challenge and the remaining designers voting to bring back my least favorite contestant, Josh C. I hate Josh so much, he is super creepy and a terrible designer. Thankfully, he was eliminated again last night. I think that Becky is on her way out, along with Bryce, and possibly Oliver. Although, I have grown fond of Oliver, his designs are pretty boring and seems to be a bit too emotional. The judges seem to be really loving Anthony, Kimberly, Laura, and Josh M’s work. I love Bert because he is a diva who appears to be over dealing with all the young kid’s drama, which I find constantly amusing. We will have to see how the rest of the season goes with the remaining 10 designers. Also, Project Runway All-Stars will be premiering later this fall with my favorite contestant ever, Mondo!
Mercedes-Benz Fashion week starts Thursday in New York and I am looking forward to seeing all the Spring 2012 collections; as well as, seeing some new models. I will post pictures once they are released and tell you all about the collections, so many of which I am excited about.
So I’m really excited that Project Runway came back last night, although last season was super disappointing because Mondo lost. I’m still upset about it. The night began with the casting session where most of the designers told sad stories about the struggles in their lives and how hard they have been working to be where they are in their careers.
The most interesting of the back stories was Bert Keeter’s. He graduated Parsons in 1978 and went to work for Halston and Bill Blass. Fancy! He quit the industry in 1992 when his partner and best friend died of AIDS. He then hit the bottle heavily to cope with his losses, he has now been sober for three years. Not only is Bert a great designer with amazing experience, he seems like a genuinely nice man.
Another sad story was Anthony, although he is only 28, he is a testicular cancer survivor. He losses points for me by constantly referring to himself as, “Rocking one.” I don’t want to keep being reminded of his balls. I also really like Anya and her island flair.
My least favorite contestants are Joshua Christensen (there is something super creepy about him), Joshua McKinley (he needs to tone down the diva), and Laura Kathleen (she is privileged and the pretty-girl, we know this because she keeps telling us.) Stop it, all three of you.
The challenged consisted of the designers creating an outfit from what they wore to bed and a sheet. This resulted in a lot of wrong to tell you the truth. Rafael made some sort of high waisted leggings with too small of top. When a size 0 model looks big, you know you have a serious problem. Joshua’s was also disgusting. It was super boring and ill-fitting, I wish he would have gone home instead of Rafael. Julie made some ill-fitting raver pants. Fallene had a dress with a clown puking on it. Just no.
Most of the designs were forgettable. Bert was the winner (of course) with his super cute cocktail dress made out of boxers and a t-shirt. Anya’s outfit was cute too even though the pants were kinda too flared for my taste. Oh, and I’m not feeling midrift tops either.
This season is going to be good and filled with lots of good clothes and drama. Project Runway airs on Thursday night at 9 on Lifetime. Go to: mylifetime.com to read about all the contestants.
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