“All Aboard…LA’s Fashion Platform” event, co-hosted by Renee Bargh (Extra’s Weekend Co-Host), was a feast for the eyes October 15. The completely sold out event was at the historic Union Station. The event included a reception, followed by an energetic and exciting runway show including a dance number mid runway show. The evening benefitted the non-profit Fashion Business Inc (FBI) which provides programs and educational resources for emerging designers.
Kicking off the night was girl band Nylon Pink who rocked out to an original song. Next up, Martin Hughes, Apparel Group Leader for Moss Adams LLP (the presenting sponsor), presented the prestigious Moss Adams Fashion Innovator (MAFI) award to designer Shay Todd. The MAFI is presented to a California-based company that has, in the past 12 months, significantly impacted the national marketplace by exemplifying creativity and innovation through unique and compelling designs, manufacturing and/or marketing. This is the third year this innovative design award has been granted.
Designers of the evening included: Ximena Valero, Rosario, Quynh Paris, Maison Castel, Jet Age, Liberty Sage, Continuous, Nameless USA, Johnny Was.
Johnny Was showcased fun prints, elegant silks, bright colors, and a flirty style. My favorite dress of the whole event is pictured above. Nameless USA displayed many shiny silks and satins, fun prints with cats and zippers, as well as studs. Models came out in elegant dresses and short booty shorts. Jet Age reminded me of travel agent style mixed with a retro 50’s look with their Good Year jackets, varsity jackets, sporty sexy boy attire, and powerful patches on the shirts and jackets. Liberty Sage showcased elegant mommy looking dresses, some very simple and tailored. My favorite ensembles were white shorts with a bold black and white jacket and peachy coral colored dresses. Quynh Paris seemed very Vietnamese inspired with their long flowing dresses some with sheaths to the floor and elaborate cut outs. The glitzy chic almost seemed like tacky prom attire. They made brash statements with see-through and sheer pieces and fish netting gauze wraps all the way to the floor. Some models came out with floppy hats made of hanging fabric – tres haute couture!
Maison Castel’s collection highlighted flowing tops and dresses that were longer in the back, often paired with leggings. Rosario’s collection reminded me of 60’s style plastic robots in their yellow plastic sheaths all wearing short brown wigs. It was a pretty hot look the way they pranced in their brown bobs in unison wearing plastic with bright yellow and bold blue, while the plastic showed off their mid section, the sides of the body, or sections of their legs. The creative design spirit is alive and well in Los Angeles.