Message from Miss California USA Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson Emma Baker

After a very successful Miss CA USA 2011 orientation I am more than excited to see what each contestant brings to the stage at the end of November. I think we are in for a treat and this year’s competition is going to be tough! There are some very strong contenders in that mix of girls and I can only imagine with hard work and determination there will be girls who kick butt at prelims! There is NO telling of who will be in that top 20 as of right now, I just can’t wait until pageant weekend!

Molly B Bikinis – San Diego’s Own

Molly B Swimwear

Last week, Runway Icon had the good fortune of visiting with local designer and business owner Molly B at her design studio in Ocean Beach.  Southern California is known for having some of the best beaches in the nation, and Molly B Bikinis is quickly gaining popularity among the beach-going locals.

Dena Burton: A Fashion Phenomenon

Dena Burton Fashion Shoot

Downtown Los Angeles is home to major art institutions, sports facilities, and a variety of beautiful skyscrapers. LA is an explorer’s dream come true. There are many adventures and memories waiting to be fulfilled in a city filled with excitement. A sightseer will never get bored, truly a tourists’ paradise. The area is covered with large corporate buildings, a vast selection of public art work, and stores filled with fashion. Downtown LA is where fashion is created; within this city new trends are made daily and spread throughout the world.

Project Ethos Love Sick: Where Fashionistas are Made


When we think of Hollywood, we think of bright lights, fame, fashion, celebrities, and of course the famous red carpet. What if I told you that for one night you could be a part of all this excitement? On Friday July 16th, Project Ethos launched an incredible event to display the works of various new upcoming artists and designers. This fabulous open event was held in Hollywood, at the beautiful Music Box Theater, the perfect setting to showcase the unique works of designers, jewelers, and artists.

Spray Tan LA Launch Event & A.Ché Swimwear Fashion Show

spray tan la launch event by jin&quinn and project ethos

To kick off the summer fun, Runway Icon was invited to experience the PREMIERE launch of SPRAY TAN LA and mini A.Che Swimwear Fashion Show. Spray Tan LA is the most upscale mobile spray tan service in Los Angeles. Produced by Jin&Quinn and Project Ethos, this launch event was for the benefit of This exclusive, invitation-only private event started with red carpet arrivals by the most notable Los Angeles socialites.

Miss California & Teen USA 2011 Fashion Shoot at Kao Pao Shu Studio

Miss California USA 2011 Photo shoot at Kao Pao Shu Studio

It was a fun-filled, action-packed day in Kao Pao Shu’s Santa Monica studio where more than 120 delegates for the 2011 Miss California and California Teen USA have gathered for a photo shoot put together by aLine Media and the Runway Icon team. The candidates were dressed wearing Tony Bowls and Kao Pao Shu gowns.

Merlin Castell Fall 2011 Collection “Space Traveler on Mars”

Merlin Castell Fall 2011 Collection

Celebrity Designer Merlin Castell unveiled his “Space Traveler on Mars”, new Fall 2011 collection at Boulevard3. Merlin Castell of The Janice Dickinson Show is the new favorite of Hollywood celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Paula Abdul, Carlos Santana, Lenny Kravitz, Priscilla Presley and many other celebrities.

Five Nine Fashion Mixer Features Merlin Castell

Merlin Castell Joshua James w/ Runway Fashion Models

The Five Nine fashion industry mixer produced by Joshua James was just a glimpse of what’s to come. Five Nine’s mission is to become the ultimate fashion industry mixer, providing a venue for aspiring artists to top professionals and celebrities. Merlin Castell headlined the 59 Fashion Show Mixer with his “Space Traveler on Mars” Fall 2011 line.

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