This past Thursday, my husband/photographer and I were invited to view the runway collections for some of the Los Angeles area designers. Los Angeles Fashion Week officially began on Monday, October 6th at Maker City L.A. at the Reef, and though our schedules didn't permit us to see all the shows, I was very fortunate to see the collections of Colton Dane and Rochelle Carino - two designers whose design aesthetic peeked my interest.
Determined to make women feel happy and confident in what they wear, Rochelle's designs bring flirty and fun back into women's closets. The brand is based on the idea that you are never to old to play dress up. From feathers and bold prints to sparkle and metallic sheen, a woman not only can shine on the inside, she can shine on the outside too.
Review: Rochelle Carino
I was intrigued by the first few pieces that came down the Carino runway. The bold, yet muted print shown in a dress, shorts and jacket were modern and yet had a hint of nostalgia to it. The overall feel of the collection reminded me of daddy's little debutant gone sassy. Each piece had a touch of party-girl intertwined with good girl. I could imagine the wearer of these garments leaving the house, under her parent's careful supervision, to jump into her boyfriend's car and begin removing bits and pieces to reveal a more daring side.
Carino stated that her brand is based on the idea that you are never to old to play dress up. After seeing the collection, I can grasp what she is selling. The garments were begging me to hold on to my inner girl by digging into my mother's armoire - regardless of how old I may be. Though the overall appeal of the collection was for the younger generation, I could see some of the pieces translating into a more seasoned woman's wardrobe.
Colton Dane has a focus on finely crafted fashion, artistic detailing, timeless style, and the world's most luxurious fabrications. The collections are driven by elegance and sophistication. A philosophy encompassing luxury, the feminine spirit and refined glamour. Designed for the modern, sensual women.
One of the most anticipated designers to be seen during Los Angeles Fashion Week, and after seeing the collection, I can understand why - Dane's designs stood out like a well-dressed thumb. A well-made and chic collection that screamed, "I'm the Lady of the Manor." I got the feeling that Dane's muse was one of those icy heroins in a Hitchcock film...a subdued sophisticated dame with a vulnerable quality, but never boring. Each piece paid homage to the female form by complimenting it in an easy, sexy way. Dane has a real knack for designing for the woman who desires clean, and uncomplicated details.
This season Dane focused fabrications on elements of the earth: water, wind, fire, rock, shell and precious metals. Each element is represented by an array of fabrications that are sourced from Europe. They expanded this season with fabrications from Pairs and Italy that have been custom made for collection, providing global exclusivity. I was particularly impressed with the fabric that represented the precious metal. Up close it reminded me of cork that had been infused with liquid 24k gold and sterling silver.
|Close-up of the Dane collection's beautiful fabrications|
|My husband, who was in the photography pit snapped this picture of me while waiting for the Dane show to begin.|
|Entrance into the runway venue at Maker L.A.|
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