Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ladies Who Lunch: L.A. Fashion Weekend Fall 2011 Part 2

The second evening of L.A. Fashion Weekend featured 6 different companies on the runway, 4 women’s wear and accessory companies and 2 menswear companies.  Since they all appeared on the runway one after the other, I will report first on all of the women’s wear companies.

The first label to hit the catwalk was Biatta, a company that not only has its own line of lingerie/intimate apparel, but also does private label for companies like Victoria’s Secret, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale’s.   Lace, animal prints and floral prints ruled the runway with lingerie that is definitely not intended to stay under wraps.  This is lingerie that you want to wear for that special someone in your life. :)

Next up, Nicole Lee, USA, an LA based handbag company.  Models dressed in black leggings and black tops with colorful scarves sported the latest collection of handbags on the runway.  Obligatory blacks and browns were shown together with a gorgeous teal colored bag and a mixture of prints, tassels, faux fur, giant logos and even feathers made for a trendsetting collection of handbags.

Then back to apparel, we experienced the world of Nuvula.  Inspiration for the design team at Nuvula is a mixture of art, poetry and theater, combining to create what they describe as “The circus of life, the circus of performing, and the circus of the surreal”.  A color palette of black, white, red and purple was presented with large houndstooths, bohemian prints and bold color-blocking.  Silhouettes also took on a futuristic avant-garde approach with an emphasis on exaggerated shoulders.

Fittingly closing the evening was DINA BAR-EL’s evening creations.   The DINA BAR-EL collection of cocktail dresses and gowns lived up to the obligatory glamour necessary in a town where the red carpet rules.  Although there were a few pieces that relied on sequins and embellishment for their allure, the majority of the collection focused on sleek almost art deco lines reminiscent of 1930’s Hollywood.   Designed to show off the body to its best advantage, DINA BAR-EL also proved that she is not afraid of color, offering bright emerald green, royal blue, fuschia and a luscious mango.  Of course there were also blacks, pewters, animal prints and lace, rounding out a collection that we will most definitely be seeing at award shows and premiers.
Despite being such a mixed bag of design companies, there was a nice flow to the show and each line seemed to compliment the next.   Stay tuned for the 2 mens collections that were presented!

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