It’s L.A., so hot bods and hot rods came together at the rockin’ two-day local Fashion Week event, as Rock Fashion Week Los Angeles was presented. It took place at the Petersen Automotive Museum where sizzling models strutted their stuff on the catwalk set up at the car collection headquarters. The 2009 showcase proved to be an innovative platform for progressive, established and emerging designers. Plus it was a whole lot of fun watching the fashionistas gather to check out the new lines and gushing “OMG.” Occasionally “What were they thinking” was also heard.
Opening night kicked off with Gen Art’s 12th annual “Fresh Faces in Fashion” show, with a “Plastics Make it Possible” program that promoted cutting-edge designers that used the latest innovations in plastic fabrics to push the limits of fashion. The pretty star of CBS’ meg-hit comedy The Big Bang Theory, Kaley Cuoco told me, “My dress is actually made from a plastic fabric.” She looked sensational when she took the stage to host the start of the show and announce “an awesome competition to challenge designers to make innovative creations from plastic fabrics, and turn today’s plastic water bottle into tomorrow’s trendy little dress.”
Seen on the runway the first night was a blast of creativity from the emerging talent in the fashion world. The pre-party had accessory displays with Ludevine jewelry designs dazzling the crowd. Then the show had them buzzing about the lines from women’ s wear designers Leyendecker, Valerj Pobega, Seneca Rising and Rory Beca, as well as men’s wear designer MG Black. They may not be household names now, but neither were Nicole Miller or Tommy Hilfiger when they started in the “rag business.”
The next night, Rock Media and Entertainment hosted the debut of impressive Spring and Summer 2010 collections, featuring four shows. It started with the L.A.-based Tristan + Trista, glorifying the female form with sophisticated clothing, and later the Biatta Intimates took that theme to the next level with sexy models showing off the latest in elegant lingerie. The line called Boy Meets Girl from N.Y.-based Stacy M. Igel had a great California casual flair to it. Chatting with Stacy backstage she beamed, “It’s been an amazing journey to get here. I sewed my first skirt when I was six, and I opened by business eight years ago.” Now she’s living the dream, and her line has been seen on Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries, along with other trendy shows.
Celebrities also strolled the runway for The Pink Dress Collection show benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Breast Cancer Foundation. Looking pretty in pink was Lo Bosworth (23), of The Hills, who hosted the show and joined director Rupert Wainwright, Socialite Michael Dean Shelton, Cupid Hayes and Jazmin Whitley in the front row, as they cheered the stars and models on the catwalk. Among the ladies showing their support wearing the pink dress as the symbol for breast cancer awareness, were Megyn Price (Rules of Engagement), Megan Joy (American Idol), Carolyn Hennesy (Cougar Town), and Tamala Jones (Castle). They all wore pink cocktail dresses and evening gowns donated by top designers including Nicole Miller, Betsey Johnson, Binetti, Luca Luca, Nanette Lepore, and many more. Part of a three city tour, the Pink Dress Collection debuted during New York’s Fashion Week, then traveled to Miami, and closed in LA at Rock Fashion Week. Now the well-traveled dresses will be auctioned off to benefit breast cancer research.
It was two wonderful days of celebrating the fantastic designers who make Rock Fashion Week LA really rock! And kudos to the makeup artists from Sephora who performed their magic on the models amidst all the chaos backstage, so the gals looked beautiful, edgy and fierce in the spotlight. So what did I do to look fierce mingling among all the tall models and fashion mavens? By pulling out the Roar Clothing shirts in my closet. Just a little creativity with the unique embroidered garments and I had an ensemble that was ready to roar on the runway of life.