By Andrew Asch | October 20, 2014
For her new collaboration, Cheyann Benedict found inspiration in Florida. Specifically, inspiration was found in the art town of Santa Rosa Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast. It’s the headquarters of Coastal Road, an accessories label which specializes in a unique digital printing method on leather bags. At an intimate Oct. 18 gathering at the Cheyann Benedict boutique, Benedict and Coastal Roads’ Christie Casillo unveiled the collaboration where Benedict’s lava design was printed on an a Coastal Road clutch. The lava print dress and the clutch can be purchased at www.coastalroad.net and at the Cheyann Benedict boutique. Voila.
Amante Pizza and Pasta moves over to The New Mart.
Style Fashion Week kicked off its Spring 2015 runway shows on Oct. 15 with an epic 76-look production by Sue Wong. Wong, a veteran Los Angeles, couture and eveningwear designer, reached to the world of fantasy for the collection’s theme: Fairies & Sirens. According to the show’s program, the theme represents something of the yin and yang in every woman.
Marco Morante, the costume designer for Britney Spears and a brigade of other celebs, produced a runway show for his MarcoMarco line of underwear at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 14 The MarcoMarco line was just one part of the show. Taking the runway was a vertiable revue of drag queens with names like Mayhem Miller and GiGi Gorgeous on the runway. Since I cannot put it in a more hilarious way than Marco, you're going to have to read his letter to Anna Wintour in the show's program. It's in the blog!
There’s been a much ballyhooed renaissance of high-end boutique retail in still gritty downtown Los Angeles during the past 18 months or so. Now it looks like contemporary retail is coming to the burgeoning enclave. Gap, the biggest specialty store on the globe, is coming to downtown Los Angeles.
The Simpsons land at Forever 21 stores on Oct. 16.
The International Fashion Tour plans to produce runway tours of international designers in various U.S. cities in 2015, but on Oct. 13, this runway with wheels held a preview show at the California Market Center, featuring the looks of Pia Gladys Perey, Charles Cua and Melchor Guinto.
The Robert Talbott label has been on the move. Earlier this year, the elegant label rolled out a handful of shop-in-shops across the country. It recently announced that its Fall ’14 menswear collection will be sold at four Neiman Marcus locations and at Neiman Marcus. Stay classy!
It was a perfect California day, shorts and T-shirt weather on Oct. 12, but it still felt like the right time to view the stylish coats at the North American debut of the Max Mara’s Heritage Project Installation.
Since 2010, Maxwell Dickson has been quietly running an art gallery in a building-full of fashion showrooms at California Market Center in Los Angeles, but the low key profile took a break on Oct. 11. Dickson put his self-named Maxwell Dickson gallery at the center of a gala Oct. 11 for the Pink Tie Affair, at Suite C919 of the CMC. One of the main activities for the night was an auction for his contemporary art to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care & Research Fund.
It’s not just L.A. Fashion Week. It’s also Metropolitan Fashion Week! This fashion event was hosted by Mood Designer Fabrics in L.A. The runway is in the store window.
Designer Gilbert Chagoury made a splash by designing red carpet gowns and eveningwear in Los Angeles, mostly sold at his atelier on 8378 Melrose Ave. Recently, he got into the ready-to-wear game. He placed several pieces at ScoopNYC at its Beverly Hills location and its online store
Gucci unveiled its remodeled emporium at 347 N. Rodeo Dr. recently. It’s the first of a few highly anticipated store remodels that will take a bow on Rodeo.
Uniqlo has been opening flagship stores all over Southern California, and on Oct. 10, the Japanese retailer held a pre-opening shopping event at its new Beverly Center flagship in Los Angeles
The Amanda Shi line took a bow with a soiree for the elegant line at pioneering retailer American Rag on Oct. 10.
Los Angeles Fashion Week begins today.