The Los Angeles Fashion Council’s Fall 2014 PRESS WEEK offered an outstanding opportunity for journalists to preview the latest creations of some of our city’s best emerging, and established, designers. We caught up with a few of the designers during their rooftop presentations.
BRAND spanking new, Together merges the fanciful fashion instincts of Lily Chehrazi with the considerable photographic skills of her partner, Benedict Barrett. Their one-of-a kind prints are wearable art, according to the couple’s website, the realization of a cross-coastal explosion of culture and creativity. We were immediately magnetized by a stunningly vivid floral pattern, reminding us of a psychedelic lily pond. These looks would go over big at the Coachella music festival. TogetherCalifornia.com
The classy Katherine Kidd’s Fall collection was inspired by the aurora borealis (northern lights). Further, we were told that each season features a different type of rose print. We loved this concept, and suggested Ms. Kidd diffuse rose essential oils for added effect during her next presentation, a la Donna Karan. Katharine Kidd is a timeless brand, always a wise choice for women of taste and breeding. KatharineKidd.com
This collection seemed very different to our eye than past Bri Seeley offerings. Ms. Seeley confirmed our observations. With a conscious decision to shift more towards the luxury market, the Chrysalis collection was born. This metamorphosis took some of the best elements from Bri’s past work, refined them, elevated them, and transformed them into alluring designs more tailored to upmarket consumers. The “Bell Blouse” pictured here, is delicate and flattering. The “Clara” cotton short is casual California wear, but could also be dressed up with a more formal top. Bri told us her clothes are “for women to not just look like a woman, but to be a woman in the clothes.” BriSeeley.com
The name Stella Proseyn is an anagram of "personal style", as the designer, Debbie Talanian, believes “everyone feels their best when they've found theirs”.
The Fall 2014 collection is about attainable beauty and everyday luxury, Ms. Talanian tells us. “I fell in love with a lot of Japanese fabrics, and one Italian lace, and let them play a big role in the direction this season.” The pieces are sophisticated but relaxed, relevant without being overly trendy. Price points range from $140 to $330, retail. Pictured: a sporty bomber jacket and flat-front pedal-pusher length trousers made of ultra-soft brushed Japanese cotton. The top is Italian cut lace lined in 100% silk. StellaProseyn.com
Mr. Colton Dane Lasater was a creative and imaginative young theatre actor in Portland, OR., with an affinity for the costume department. His love of theatricality, and costume art, eventually inspired his decision to become a couturier. His first collection, together with partner Charles Christopher, offers classically beautiful, feminine designs, with more than a hint of sexy. Fabrics are especially important to the duo, with some of them coming from France, and others from a special denim mill in Taiwan.
In their partnership, Colton handles the design work, and Charlie handles the business side of things. We see great promise in this dynamic team, they could one day be the new Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giametti. ColtonDane.com
Designer Jennifer Lynn went to the James Turrell exhibit at LACMA over the summer and found that she was very moved by being immersed in either light or dark.
Jennifer Lynn, commenting on the inspiration for her Fall 2014 collection, told us: “Some rooms brought immediate joy,” she says, “while other rooms led to feelings of solitude, whether I was alone in them or not.”
Turrell explored the idea of perception with regards to light as well as emotion and Ms. Lynn wanted to take that idea and work with it on a visual and emotional level a well.
“I thought about how Turrell worked with light and decided to select materials based on their interaction with light. Using fabrics with subtle metallic fibers, or different levels of opacity to reflect, absorb, or allow light to pass through was the basis of the collection. But I then began to think about fashion and how it allows us to become something, to become a visual statement, and how we can send a message with what we wear. At the same time, we send a message to ourselves with how we treat our bodies. Sometimes clothing can be empowering, and sometimes make us feel at ease because it is physically comfortable. My goal became to create a strong statement, that allows the wearer to feel immensely comfortable physically, while the visual is chic, strong, and put together - sacrificing neither comfort nor style. As a whole this became more about ‘perception of self’ than ‘visual perception’, and focuses more on the emotional strength fashion can give us inside by feeling at ease while presenting a powerful silhouette on the outside.”
On the left:
Emma wears the Lumens shirt dress in ivory. It is a silk crepe and chiffon shirt dress with sheer panels and a pintuck bib. She wears a cropped knit top - the "Patchwork Easy Tee", with fish leather panels atop a champagne color sweater knit with a lurex fiber knit through.
On the right:
Arianna wears the Lumens shirt in black, which is the same body as the dress but shorter. She has the basic "Easy Tee" draped over her shoulder and is wearing a pair of leggings, with silver contrast.
The Shokmalli' Collection by jewellry designer Kristen Dorsey Designs
All images by LAFashionWeek.com, with the exception of the Stella Preseyn image, which is courtesy of Stella Proseyn.
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- John Forrester