Venexiana Spring 2015 Collection Show

Kati Stern shocked show attendees by showing a paltry (for her) 57 looks at the Venexiana Spring 2015 Collection show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion week. Are they days of endless gowns gone? We attend Venexiana fully expecting to walk out days later, but not caring because we were being fed stunning gowns the whole time. We admit, we had to get used to exiting the show early….still wanting more. For her Spring 2015 Collection, the Kati Stern Venexiana Collection featured both light and dark hues. While other designer collections featured bursts of brights, bold florals and graphics, we saw pretty, pale pastels, soft metallics, and black looks at Venexiana. The show started with long, solid-hued gowns featuring subtle details such as delicate crystal embellishments in small concentrations, elegant skin-baring cutouts, and celebration of a woman’s shoulders.

Colors went slightly vibrant and prints came into lay before the collection went back to it’s pastel color palette and we began to see stunning sequin and silk satin looks.

We love it when Kati Stern’s rocker personality dominates her collection, but this season, although her music is still edgy, this collection was much more subtle than what we’re used to seeing. While we love classic gowns and beautiful subtle details, we love it when Venexiana goes dark and makes a bold statement.

Of course, that’s not to say we didn’t have a few favorites that took our breath away and wished were in our closets. We’re completely enamored with these three goegeous looks

Trina Turk Spring 2015 Collection Presentation

Our love for spring’s vibrant colors and prints continues with Trina Turk‘s spirited Spring 2015 Collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. We’ve added every single piece from this energetic collection to our wishlist, even the menswear pieces will feel right at home adorning our bodies. There’s no stealing just the boyfriend’s jacket or shirt when it comes to the Mr Turk collection, we want every single item of clothing from both Trina Turk and Mr Turk!! The playfulness and exuberance of the collection was catching as models interacted with show-goers, taking selfies with attendees, photos of the crowd and sharing them via social media.

With inspiration coming from the Pop Art Flower Mart in downtown LA, we were not surprised to see an abundance of colorful, dynamic prints. The collection was packed with vivacious blooms, graphic stripes and geometric jacquards with a tropical twist. The key piece of the collection is the one-piece silhouette, which Trina delivers in rompers, jumpsuits, and maxi patio dresses. Playful board shorts and bikinis, as well as eye-catching bags and accessories are mixed in for festive garden looks.

Below is the designer in chic and classic black and white, as her models radiated with spirited colors for her spring 2015 collection.

Desigual Spring 2015 Collection Show

The Desigual Spring 2015 Collection show is why we love previewing spring/summer collections. The colors, prints and atmosphere are vibrant, happy and exuberant. Since banding together to create the “Desigual by L” capsule collection in 2011, Desigual and Christian LaCroix has continually presented women everywhere with what they refer to as a “happy casual” collection and judging my what we saw coming down the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, they are indeed holding true to their word. The Spring 2015 collection, titled, “Say something Nice” (some models walked down the runway with speech bubbles with cute notes), is inspired by the flora and fauna. Bursting with colorful, multi-cultural bouquets of daisies, desert roses, tropical hibiscus, and Mexican dahlias, one find themselves hoping for spring.

Along with the exotic flora, the collection’s inspirations also included classic English blooms with the Iberian Peninsula’s landscape (no doubt inspired by it’s odd octagonal shape, it’s diverse fauna, and presence of its formidable mountainous Atlantic and Mediterranean terrain), the combination of cool Mediterranean spirit with South American motifs, and the natural beauty of the western countryside influenced by sweeping European geometry.

The color palate included rich, vibrant tones that dominated the collection, with of bursts of poppy red, saffron, and teal, that were all set against the backdrop of jade, white, and onyx bringing to life a vision of The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, and the underwater flora of the lost City of Atlantis.

Celebrity sightings included Sin City 2 star Rosario Dawson, supermodel Poppy Delevingne, socialite Olivia Palermo, Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte, Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether, Vanderpump Rules’ Pandora Vanderpump, French Model Camille Rowe and Orange is the New Black’s Laura Gomez but the most present went to Victoria’s Secret Angel, Adriana Lima who opened and closed the show.

*Front Row Photo courtesy of Getty Images©

Jill Stuart Fall 2014 Collection

We continue to love what Jill Stuart send down the runway. For her Fall 2014 Mercedes-Benz fashion Week show, the Jill Stuart girl continues to be a bit edgy and cool while remaining effortlessly elegant and very refined. Describing this season’s collection with seven words – Irregular Beauty, Untameable, Easy, Boyish, Effortless, Unimpressionable, and Adorned, the runway show started with a mix of rich tan and black, sparkling details, playful and not-so-sleek skirts (love the tan maxi skirt with the double zippers) that captured our hearts and conveyed an overall girlish feel.

Filled with lavish fabrics that can only be described as lustrous, silken and supple, the collection was filled with such as luscious velvet, suede and leather, milky satins that seemed to flow down the runway like rivers, crystal-embellished velvet, and plush furs. Standout details include laser-cut details, prominent appliques, large polka dots, black and white, tailored pants, and over-sized coats.

What do you think, do you like what Jill Stuart is showcasing for fall 2014? any pieces that may make it to your wardrobe?

Backstage w/ Kevyn Aucoin at KaufmanFranco Fall 2014 Collection

I’m happy to share my backstage coverage of iconic beauty brand, Kevyn Aucoin, during New York Fashion Week at the KaufmanFranco Fall 2014 show. I stated that I’ve always loved the brand’s fashion week looks and when you see the stunning face chart, you will once again understand why I love it.

The makeup look backstage at Kaufman Franco was marked by beautiful skin. Lead makeup artist Kristi Matamoros primed the skin with The Prime Skin Developer. The complexion products used were The Sensual Skin Enhancer along with the Celestial Skin Liquid Lightning in candlelight. A new fall/winter product, a Cream Blush in Candlelight. The eyes were a soft brown look with a light red-berry lip.

***Thanks to our Backstage Beauty Contributor, Laura of Blush and Beakers for covering Backstage at the KaufmanFranco Fall 2014 Collection for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.

Backstage w/ Kevyn Aucoin at Clover Canyon Fall 2014 Collection

I got the opportunity to go backstage with Kevyn Aucoin, an iconic beauty brand, during New York Fashion Week for two shows, Clover Canyon and KaufmanFranco (separate post coming soon). I always love the brand’s fashion week looks because they execute a “glam” face in a very effortless way.

The Face

Lead makeup artist Deanna Melluso created a look to accompany the green-grassy themes showcased in the collection. The eye was accomplished with an eyeshadow in Citrine and Essential Eye Palette #4. Rose lip balm was applied over the citrine eyeshadow to create a glossy eye.

For the skin, she used the liquid airbrush foundation over the primed skin developer. On the cheeks there is a mixture of two colors, The creamy Glow in Patrice and Duo/Bloodroses along with highlighter. The lips were also a mixture of two Kevyn Aucoin colors in Bloodroses and Dantrice to create a wine lip color.

The Hair

The hair was curled into pin curls for volume and then swept back into a wispy french braid-chignon hybrid.

The Nails

The nails executed beautifully by the Morgan Taylor Team are a custom blend of two of their colors Later Alligator and Little Black Dress.

***Thanks to our Backstage Beauty Contributor, Laura of Blush and Beakers for covering Backstage at the Clover Canyon Fall 2014 Collection for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.

Academy of Art Fall 2014 Womens Collections

We must say, the Fall 2014 Collections form the Academy of Art students have to be our favorites. We are usually enamored with two or three designer collections but this season, we loved them all. For the Fall 2014 Academy of Art Show, thirteen designers showed eight collections, four of these were collaborations between Fashion Design and Textile Design students but we’ll only be focusing on the six women’s collections. This season was filled with edgy looks, bold and muted colors, bold graphic prints, oversized shapes and innovative textiles.

Jaci Hodges (Fashion Design) and Nisha Hanna Btesh (Textile Design)

Using Shibori, the Japanese technique of resistance felting, Jaci and nisha presented a voluminous, boldly colored collection. Combining Jaci’s inspiration of the late 1960’s excessive prints and Nisha’s vibrant textiles, we were treated to visual stimulation in color and entrancing patterns in wool. We’re particularly fond of their quirky pink printed coat.

Arijana Kajdic

On the other side of the color spectrum is Arijana Kajdic with her soft, subtle tones of lilac. Of course this doesn’t mean it was lacking in bold elements – paying homage to women who nurtured her, Arijana’s collection features both feminine and masculine details, hand-dyeing and hand-beading were present in every look. Beautiful French Lace, provided by Sophie Hallette, was seen throughout the collection which also included fabrics such as alpaca, mohair, wool, cotton, and silk.

Flora Cervantes (Fashion Design) and Lori Solem (Textile Design)

It was quite easy to see the environmental inspirations in Flora Cervantes and Lori Solem’s collection. The muted colors, raw, industrial and gritty textures, billowing yet structured shapes, and the influence of the illustrations of French artist Gustave Dore were the stars of the collection….in fact the shapes of the collection  reminded us so much of Dore’s illustration for The Divine Comedy, published 150 years ago.

Earnest Haung (Fashion Design) and Hong Ni (Textile Design)

Another vibrantly hued and graphic collection that wowed the show’s attendees. Featuring pieces we’d gladly give up some of our favorite things for, Earnest Haung and Hong Ni’s Fall 2014 collection boasted a mix of natural and man-made fabrications including viscose,phifertex, leather, wool and cotton. With design inspired by the relationship between spaces, social class and people combined with textiles inspired by scale, fine details of aerial photographic views and contour maps of the countryside, the structured collection made us see mixed fabrications and prints in an exciting new way. We also love the integration of bold orange, and olive green graphics into the collection.

Jasmine Gonzales

Featuring more earthy hues, the Fall 2014 collection from Jasmine Gonzales featured oversized shapes, including cozy, hand-knitted pieces and hand-made yarns with main details taken from the design of Faberge eggs. We also saw hand-dyed velvet with elements inspired by Jasmine’s idea of all cultures coming together as one and her interpretation of traditional Alaskan Eskimo outerwear.

Mingyu Du (Fashion Design) and Joseph Khawane (Textile Design)

The final women’s fashion design collection was also inspired by the 1960’s and also featured oversized silhouettes, albeit not the bright and vibrant looks we saw from the first collection; this collection featured the attitude and freedom from the era. Mingyu Du used unique materials such as an army tent, wool blanket, a parachute and cotton canvas to bring life to her looks, which perfectly complimented Textile Designer, Joseph Khawane’s military elements and his manipulation of fabrics, giving them new life in unconventional ways.

Zang Toi Fall 2014 Collection

I’ve always loved Zang Toi’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Shows because the clothes are very “old Hollywood,” in that they conjure up thoughts of the type of clothing high society women would wear and the Fall/Winter 2014 runway collection entitled Shanghai 1930’s “Paris Of The Orient” did not fail to do just that.

A collection sprinkled with beautiful furs, velvet fabrics and ornate patterns was a wintry delight for the eye. The color palette of gray, green, black and burgundy provided a very austere, but beautifully rich feel. Seeing is better than telling so I encourage you to see the final walk below.

***Thanks to our Contributor, Laura of Blush and Beakers for covering the Zang Toi Fall 2014 Collection Show for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.