Interviews by Lana Krapivina
This season marks the evolution of LA Fashion with the platforms move to the most prestigious zip code in the world. Designers did not disappoint the over 1500 nightly guests packing the venue to see the latest creations from the international couture, streetwear and ready to wear brands participating in this seasons Los Angeles Fashion Week edition of Art Hearts Fashion.
Opening Night celebrated the art of couture with international powerhouse designers Amato Couture, Diana Couture, Marmar Halim, and Rahil Hesan Joined by Local favorites Kenneth Barlis, Michael NGO, Issac Newton, and DuAqua swim. The evening was a perfect mix of aesthetics for every fashioinistas palate. Celebrity stylists and guests included Jeanie Mai, Christina Milian, Sean Kingston, Dion Bleu, Daniel Musto, Erik Burns, Sebastien Hohl, and a full house of fashion insiders.
Night 2 of Art Hearts Fashion week continued the fashion domination with a 5pm showcase featuring international flavors from across Europe including Charles and Ron and Dair by Odair Pereria joined by up and coming designers Tigers Eye Clothing, AllAlong Apparel, and Wicked Things Boutique. The 7pm presentation was an explosion of Los Angeles talent with crowd favorite Hale Bob opening the show to a full house of fashion hungry fans followed by an amazing presentation by SIWY Denim and a spicy finale by Latin designers Arzamendi Style and Willfredo Gerardo. The 9pm presentation did not disappoint with a gown take over by designers Fernando Alberto Atelier, Usama Ishtay, Michael Wallace and Adolfo Sanchez. Celebrities attending and walking for the night 2 designers included Daphne Joy, Cassandra Cass, Laith Ashley, Ariscestocrat, Makeup Shayla, Christian Salas Solis, Marla Solis and Jossie Ochoa.
“It is an honor to be here and be a part of Art Hearts that gives back”, – said designer Willfredo Gerardo who showed not just one but two of his collections during the Fashion Week.
“The collection is called The New Hollywood and it is all about what a girl on the red carpet looks like, new young Hollywood is an inspiration”, – said designer Adolfo Sanchez about his new collection. The collection is a perfect mix of the classic, glamorous old Hollywood and the modern Hollywood vibe. Adolfo used hip hop music for his show and admitted that “it is such a big part of fashion right now”. Not to mention, Adolfo Sanchez dressed Kylie Jenner and it looks like Kim Kardashian might be the next on his list.
Kids ruled at the opening presentation for day 3 of Art Hearts Fashion week with shows by Lulu Et Gigi followed by Lil Jewels Boutique. The stand out children’s lines featured celebrity models including special Olympian Chelsea Werner, teen stars Zach Clayton, Ava Kolker star of girl meets world, Gigi Lopez daughter of Mario Lopez and Courtney Lopez, Bianca D’ambrosio, Chiara D’ambrosio, Juliet Jane, and Catherine Amelia to name a few of the participants of the star studded event.
Following the children’s collections was a mix of sci-fi sexiness from Dan Richters followed by tribal flavors by Dahil Republic of Couture. Argyle Grant and Koco Blaq rounded up the presentation with resort wear and tropical vibes.
9pm brought a rock and roll vibe with a streetwear takeover by Dunyah and Dexter Simmons followed by sexy lingerie from Liviara and a fiery finale by Mister Triple X. The show opened with none other than the original super model Janice Dickinson, brining the crowd on their feet and elevating the mood of the room. Closing the show was tattoo supermodel Marshall Perrin and Shas of Sunset star Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi. Celebrity guests included DJ Paul Three Six Mafia, Reza Farahan, Mike Shouhed, Adam Neely, Kiara Belen, Sham Ibrahim, Pol Atteu, Sean McElwee, Chelsea Werner, and Patrick Simpson.
Closing Night of Art Hearts Fashion opened with the next generation of fashion designers from the Art Institute of California and closed with a spectacular presentation by the world’s most talented couture and costume designers. Designers included Luxery by Xandra, Albert Fontanilla, Albert Andrada, Resty Legare, Yas Couture by Elie Madi and Rocky Gathercole. The finale of Art Hearts Fashion was a star-studded extravaganza and an evening for dreams to come true. Christine Devine from Fox Television was on hand to witness several of the Wednesday’s Child alumni walk the runway for Eli Madi. Stars in support of the night included Akon and cast members of the hit shows Basketball Wives and Love and Hip Hop.
Art Hearts Fashion wrapped up 4 days of runway shows and 2 massive parties with over 50 designers and more than double the amount of talent and guests than any other platform in Los Angeles proving that home is wear the heart is. Guest management sponsor Gjests helped make for a smooth check in process to the over 5000 guests that attended the week of events.
Behind the scenes at Art Hearts Fashion Official Hair Sponsor FHI Brands created the stunning hair looks that wowed the thousands of guests throughout the week. Makeup sponsor April Love Pro Team worked tirelessly creating hundreds of amazing and unique runway looks in 4 days of presentations.
Guests of the event enjoyed Deep Eddy Vodka, Huberts Lemonade, Monster Energy, Selfie Cookie, and a lounge by Society Unici. Special thanks to Concrete Studios, Neptune, Shibue Couture, Moreno Champagne, Bdellium Tools, Sauce Box Cosmetics, For The Stars Fashion House, Didi Roberts, Terri Ford, Trish Moran, Jessica Gutierrez, Rosy Muto, Tom Paschall, Beverly Hilton, Jeff Linett, Cory Green, Derrick Rodgers, Archives Showroom, Apparel News, Getty Images, Runway TV and FNL Networks. The runway shows presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation help raise awareness for HIV/AIDS and this season’s shows are dedicated to their #KeepThePromise campaign which highlights AHF’s mission to provide access to treatment to the millions living with HIV.
Art Hearts Fashion has become one of the most esteemed fashion platforms in the nation, breaking new ground with revolutionary and cutting-edge runway exhibitions and receiving national and international acclaim. Art Hearts Fashion designers continue to make national headlines, being featured on major network television shows and pioneering never-before-seen shows. Participating designers can be seen on every major Hollywood celebrity including: Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, and countless more. The platform is unequivocally intertwined with the causes and organizations it supports. Stay tuned as the gang over at Art Hearts Fashion heads east to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week China from October 25th – October 30th. For more details visit www.ArtHeartsFashion.com