LA Fashion Week – A Review

I found myself, during this years LA Fashion Week, prancing down Sunset Blvd in my highest heels.  It was abeaming Saturday afternoon and I had made my way past a huge construction site only to stumble upon the everso sleek Siren Studios.  There was a buzz in the air, with fashionistas whispering how Andre turned up front row at one of the previous night shows.  Yes, the Andre Leon Talley, snap!

The doors opened and we were seated for the first show of the day.  The Caribbean Showcase which featured the designs of two sisters from Barbados.  The models sashayed down the runway first in Brandi Estwick’s line, Iman Estie. Ensembles included a high waisted white pant paired with a faux leather top.  It was sleek and fabulous.  Her lines were impeccable and this was highlighted by a two toned black and white dress.  White in the front and a black scoop back that seemed drawn onto the models back, the fit was so perfect.  A flowy backless  floor length white dress with a deep v in the front was my favorite of the collection.

Kesia Estwick was next to present her line.  It was daring and edgy.  You could see and feel the influence of her native Barbados in her designs.The collection was colorful and sexy, it featured a dress with a black sleek tank top and a metal A line bottom.  One particular favorite was a floor length metallic dress, belted with cap sleeves and a high neck.  Kesia also has a streetwear line call KISS + GIRL.

The following Friday I ventured downtown to Vibiana, the formal cathedral of St. Vibiana.  It is one of the few remaining nineteenth century landmarks in Los Angeles and was the perfect setting for Bryan Hearn’s collection.  He presented 19 looks and they were whimsical and dramatic.  The element of fantasy played into the designs, some of the looks could have been straight out of a period piece film.  He did black mini skirts paired with a simple tank or a faux fur jacket.  One particular leather coat had a medieval feel to it, paired with lovely romantic updo’s the model wore this and it only added to the drama of the collection.  The simplicity of the collection was evident as well with an off the shoulder leather mini dress.

Lisa Ross

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