Fashion Splash Sizzles with a Summer Happenings Affair


Maui and Sons retro styles sizzle.

A poolside fashion show was a great way to make a splash showcasing the swimsuit styles that are rocking this summer season. It was another fabulous runway event presented by Mikey Koffman’s The Gallery Los Angeles, who does the Fashion Weekend show at the Sunset Gower Studios every spring and fall. Koffman always puts the latest trends and chic apparel lines in the spotlight, and the Wella Professionals Present Fashion Splash affair was no exception.

Guests sitting around the runway, next to the hotel pool overlooking the twinkling city lights ofLos Angeles: that was the setting at the Standard Hotel on the Sunset Strip.

During the cocktail reception sponsored by Little Black Dress Vodka, a few models came out to tease the crowd with a preview of the swimsuits that would rock the runway later. That set the mood for the crowd of “beautiful people” sipping their drinks and standing around as if they were posing for Vogue.

The swimsuits by designers for Eclat Swimwear, Culture Swimwear, and Mauiand Sons were certainly Vogue-worthy. They were featured as the main attraction for the runway show as the crowd of fashionistas cheered.

Eclat Swimwear featured shiny metallics that accented some wild animal prints and solid bright colors. The sexy peek-a-boo styles had cutouts that exposed a lot of skin. Eclat swimwear designer Shirin Z took a well deserved bow for her efforts, as did designer Hope Reiner for her Culture Swimwear collection. The line showcased trendy one-piece and two-piece suits in earthy prints which evoked a touch of retro in the cut of the styles.

Going all out for the retro look wasMauiand Sons, with a fun-at-the-beach look for the swimwear models who were sporting sunglasses, tees, and surfboards.Mauiand Sons’ head designer Lacey Corkery said her collection has gone back to the ’80s design influence. “OurMauiand Sons’ brand has been around for 30 years, and we have so much classic art for our prints that we love to recycle it. We’ve gone through our old files and tapped into the things that were so cool in the ’80s. What was once old is new again in fashion.”

For the girls, the trends have string bikinis in retro prints and bright colors, plus the string or bandeau tops can be paired with board shorts. The guys have their surfer trunks in neon colors and vintage prints that really capture the flavor of the Hawaiian beach lifestyle. It’s real gnarly, dudes!

A fan of the sporty line is actor Vincent DePaul (Mad Men, Hairspray) who was at the event. He chatted with me about being exposed to vintage clothes on the ’60s series Mad Men, which has given him an appreciation of the styles of the past. DePaul said, “What I love aboutMaui and Sons is that they make retro so fresh with vibrant summer colors. I also like the ’80s influence with the length of the men’s shorts.”

Making the lovely models look even lovelier were sponsors Aubrey Loots with Wella Professionals for hair, and Rebecca Prior with Napoleon Perdis for makeup. And D.J. Niko Achtipes helped the runway rock.

Now let’s talk accessories! Famed jewelry designer Alisa Michelle just opened her flagship boutique in trendyTujungaVillage, and celebrated with a stylist soiree for her unique do-it-yourself jewelry bar. “Every piece tells a story. Wear your story,” Alisa told her guests, encouraging them to create one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry that reflect their personalities and/or special moments in their lives. The RappAround PR girls made sure that everyone got creative with all the charms, pendants, chains, antique coins, and vintage keys. Fans of the designer include Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens, and Hilary Duff, who have already unlocked their creative talents for accessorizing.

Accessories were also in the spotlight at the Two Point Oh! style show held at a refreshing tea party inGriffithParkover the weekend. All the rage, Guess displayed watches that featured attention-grabbing leopard prints that scream safari fun. Ditto’s ecommerce site was there talking about the technology that lets you create a 3D virtual self to try on the designer eyewear on the website. And the Sole Society shoe club had “haute” footwear that could put a spring in your step this summer.

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