LA Gallery’s production at Sunset Gower Studios was concluding LA Fashion Week. The temperature had dropped low in the city, far lower than we are comfortable with in Los Angeles. It seemed apt somehow, considering designers were showcasing their Fall/Winter 2011 collections. One could feel the fashion frenzy from the moment the cars pulled up in valet outside Stage 4. Tons of media trickled in to set up their equipment in the press pit and get prepped for the guests to arrive while ushers adjusted the red carpet and secured the media banners.
Fashion journalists, publicists and PR heavyweights rushed to the well organized check–in to get their credentials and seating accommodations finalized. Mikey Koffman, producer of this event, oversaw the entire area and put final touches on every detail just before doors opened. She embodied the very essence of kitschy-fashionable…buttoned down crisp white shirt, funky bowtie, chucks, gray skinny jeans and cut off gloves. Her short blond hair, tatted sleeves on both arms and sunglasses oozed confidence in a very rock star way!
Tons of celebs and fashion royalty started to pour in and assumed their positions on the red carpet. We spotted the Quest Crew, Ron Jeremy and many others. The rainy dark skies lit up with the flashes of paparazzi, like bursts of lightning. The lounge area inside the tent had an open bar and was animated with high energy. Everyone seemed eager to see the line up of designers for the night: Biatta, Z brand, Nicole Lee, Nuvula, Civil Society and Dina Bar-El.
Biatta started the show off with a sexy lingerie line. The angelic models displayed a flirty, romantic look with loose curls and the perfect red lip accent. Z brand was up next with a contemporary men’s street wear line. We saw lots of cargo pants, hoodies, checkered shirts and basic jeans. Nicole Lee took the stage next with a line of purses, totes and satchels. The minimal styling of the models perfectly accented the accessories. We loved the chic undoes and sunglass look. Nuvula’s presentation was our personal favorite. Their garments were so creative that seemed like they just came straight from the imagination onto the catwalk. Nuvula had very edgy designs with exaggerated elements which were still wearable. Civil Society opened their show with the most adorable kid who simply won our hearts as he strutted down the runway throwing up an “LA” sign. The line presented was very trendy and chic, with the use of leather, vests, skinny ties and skinny jeans. The male models all displayed the perfect amount of class and oomph! Dina Bar-El showcased her fantastic couture line of gowns/cocktail dresses next. Each dress portrayed elegance with graceful fabrics and defined silhouettes. Her use of bright hues like orange, red, teal and fuchsia really added that dramatic and beautiful end to the show.
Mikey was the mastermind behind this brilliant affair. When we asked her what her expectations were for the next 5 years she promptly replied “Rockin n Rollin, making this like a hundred times bigger and better!!!” Her foresight and perseverance were some of the essential ingredients for this seamless event.
Article by AmbiKa “B” Sanjana
Photography Raphael Maglonzo, Geoff Sam, Arnold Panganiban, Je Potski
Biatta Intimates Collection
Dina Bar-El Collection
Denim of Virtue
Laguna Beach Jean Co.
Nicole Lee USA
Civil Society Clothing
XCVI Fall Collection