Everyone knows I am a bit of a party girl who loves to get dressed up! As such, I love a cocktail dress or gown that looks luxurious, glamorous and feminine, without breaking the bank. So I was delighted to discover new 70 piece collection of special occasion dresses by kathy Hilton (yes, mom of celebutantes Paris and Nicky!).
Kathy's collection comes just in time for the upcoming New York Fashion Coterie. She created and designed the collection for women who want to "look fabulous on every special occasion in her life – from cocktail and party dresses, through to elegant gowns for Gala occasions." The Kathy Hilton collection is being designed and marketed in collaboration with Mon Cheri, and its CEO Stephen Lang.
The Kathy Hilton Collection will be headquartered in a boutique building located in the heart of Fashion’s “Seventh Avenue” at 552 7th Avenue in New York, NY. Hilton has assembled a team of fashion experts to handle merchandising, brand development and sales management. The team is headed by Evelyn Anastos, who brings more than 20 years experience in this market niche. Anastos is joined by Elias Gutierrez, as Associate Designer, and Clarissa A. O’Connor, as key Account Sales Manager. Gutierrez and O’Connor are both experienced executives in the social dress market.
Kathy Hilton commented: “My collection will allow women searching for a glamorous ‘special occasion’ dress, long, short or in-between, to find something unique for their lifestyles, without breaking the bank. I have always wanted to reach these women, and with this Collection, I believe we have.”
Mina + Olya, founded in 2011 is named after its two founders, Olya Dzilikhova and Mina Yazdi, who came together with the shared passion and vision of producing the highest environmental and ethical apparel using sustainable and organic fabrics as well as manufacturing processes in California. Yazdi and Dzilikhova formed Mina + Olya, Inc. with the mission to bring luxury organic and sustainable apparel made in California to consumers by being fully committed to the principles of environmental consciousness, fair trade, and fair labor. “As close friends we decided to leave the world of finance and consulting to pursue our passion: making a difference in California and the international fashion world,” Yazdi says. “We are driven to introducing and bringing to the market what we couldn't find ourselves: organic, timeless garments that could be worn forever.
Mina + Olya use completely organic and sustainable materials – Including organic cotton, wool, silks and denim – to produce all of its clothing. Yazdi and Dzilikhova's mission is to not only change the fashion industry in California, nation-wide and internationally, but hope to specifically promote California's economy and job force through local partnerships and production methods. “Our vision was to create beautiful structured pieces that compliment today’s modern woman who seeks definition in her style and sustainability in her world. Our pieces are designed to create the essence of today’s woman to take her from the boardroom to social events with a sense of style that compliments her personality,” Dzilikhova explains. “Each piece is designed to be worn on its own, or paired with collection pieces that are timeless and sophisticated. It’s a line that breaks the “green” barrier and creates high fashion clothes that are relevant and accessible.”
The company's first product line is named Minolya, an organic and sustainable upscale, ready-to-wear line of clothing for women, which includes organic coats, suits, blouses, dresses, gowns, skirts, and pants. The first collection was released in November 2011, and should be available in stores by Summer 2012 in addition to the Fall collection. Future plans include production to introduce a men and children's organic line.
Recently, at the Silverlake Farmer's Market, we spied "The Tin Box of Curious Artifacts. " Food trucks are all the rage in L.A., and now we have travelling boutiques as well!
Tin Box of Curious Artifacts was founded by Chris Register and Daniel Robles. With the help of handyman, ironworker, and artist friends, they converted a 14 foot box truck (once used for hauling vintage cars) into a quirky rolling shop. Tin Box sells a mix of men's and women's vintage clothing and accessories, along with kitschy home goods, screenprinted t-shirts, and other weird and wonderful oddities. Like the truck itself, almost everything in the shop is vintage or upcycled,
The truck is also the exclusive retailer of the Oblio line of women's fashions. Oblio is owner Daniel's own line of one of a kind, hand made, 60s inspired dresses, skirts, blouses, and bags all made from vintage fabrics.
You can find the Tin Box at the Atwater Farmers Market, on Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park, at the Downtown LA and Highland Park Art Walks, the Silverlake Farmers Market and/ or wherever else people to go to have a good time in Los Angeles' Eastside.