March 9th, On the Siren Studios roof top refreshments were provided by Chambord, a flavored Vodka company and Monster energy drinks. Los Angeles fashionistas mingled to the sounds of the top 40 DJS, Duffle Bag Divas. The twin DJS kept the event alive by spinning the latest danceable hits.
Between 1-4pm presentations the three designers, JBURGOS, Dai Le, and Korvovilas displayed their masterpieces on living mannequins. New York artist, JBURGOSs transported the” Big Apple” chic style to Los Angeles. Jenn Burgos, designer of JBURGOS, says her mission is to provide sophisticated clothing, for women of all shapes who desire a wardrobe to showcase the silhouette of her body while making the wearer feel refined and confident. Through her designs she hopes to deliver a message: woman can be even more fabulous after having children. Burgos believes her New York inspired trendy collection can fuse with Hollywood glamour.
“My collection definitely will be good in Los Angeles, “said Jenn Burgos. “Because it can also bring the everyday woman here in LA who also goes through the struggle that us women in New York go through which is basically getting to work, doing errands, going to charity events, just having the life style.”
More than 400 white balloons which symbolized snow surrounded the models who were outfitted in Dai Le designs. By creating this line the designer from New Jersey had a landscape vision. The breathing mannequins strutted in all black clothing that resembled costumes from the movie “The Matrix.” The entire line had a consistency of leather pieces that contrasted well behind the snowy balloons.
Around the corner were the romantic designs of Korovilas. The collection was filled with lace and embroidered, elegant belted dresses. The view of Korovilas pieces took the audience to Barcelona. Not only did the prints set the atmosphere of romance but also a man in the background played strings of love on his acoustic guitar.
The Barbadian designers Brandi Estwick and Kesia Estwick brought the islands to Los Angeles during the Caribbean Showcase. Brandi Estwick who is inspired by architecture as well as music opened the showcase with the sounds of Barbadian superstar, Rihanna’s track “We Found Love”. Brandi Estwick’s edgy designs flooded the runway with black and white skin tight dresses, corsets, high wasted skirts, and trousers. There was a theme of leather, horizontal stripes with a vertical design throughout the exhibit. A powerful, strong woman who is potentially rebellious is the type of person Kesia Estwick was inspired by while creating her fall/winter collection. The shimmer gold circular sequence was frequent during the designer’s display. The two designers applied bold purple eye shadow on their models which popped color into the showcase.
Nikki Rich found inspiration in art terminology for her contemporary designer collection, Her work was embellished with repetitive prints of crackle finish, and wax, and the colors of fresco and hues The runway was submerged with geometric prints on pieces like pleated skirts. Since braids are trending in the beauty world, the designer wanted to create a sexy updated “Princess Leia” look for her models to display her fall garments.
The American designer, who is recognized for his minimalist aesthetic and usage of natural materials, Mike Vensel, chose a small color scheme of black with limited uses of red and white. The seductive yet elegant line focused on contrast and created a wardrobe that transformed from day to night. The fashions were designed with a multitude of fabrics including chiffon, rayon, and ultra-suede and recycled silk. The unique ending when the models applaud while wearing black shades left the audience curious. Mike Vensel seeks to send a message to the audience through his inspiration of oblivious human experience, people who are unaware about the tragic events going on around them.
“It’s kind of a double sided thing because in one way I think people should be really cautious in the world they live in,” said Vensel. “I also see a trend in people that are just in their own bubble that don’t care about anybody else; they don’t care about what’s going on in the world, in other places where people are starving, dying, and animals becoming instinct.”
A few guests who made a fashion statement during LA Concept.
Jhanelle Rivera lives and breathes in the world of fashion. She adores the rococo time period culture. This Fashionista enjoys watching fashion shows to spot out the latest trends. She attended the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising summer program at the age of 16 to gain knowledge on how to produce a runway show and fashion journalism. Jhanelle created a non-profit organization called Strike-A-Pose. Strike-A-Pose holds networking events and celebrity fashions shows to raise money for epilepsy and lung cancer. Jhanelle now attends Los Angeles Valley College where she writes for the campus News Paper, Valley Star and is also an on air-personality on 95.1 KVCM.