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The first runway show I ever went to was the FIDM Debut in Spring of 2015. I was just finishing up with fashion school and the show was incredibly inspiring. Everything was beautiful, unique, and impeccably made. Since then it’s been my goal to attend as many fashion shows as possible.
In 2016 I fell short because I moved to Michigan where, let’s be honest, fashion isn’t making any headlines.
So when I vacationed to Los Angeles this year and was offered an opportunity to go to Fashion Week, it was a no brainer. My schedule was packed full, but I still found time to catch two runway shows.
Hosted by Art Hearts Fashion and held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, LA Fashion Week far surpassed my expectations. From the setup and music to the art and cocktail intermissions between each show, everything was amazing.
Below you’ll find what I wore as well as a collection of some of my favorite looks from the runway show.
LA Fashion Week 2017: My Look
This year I chose contrasting pieces with trendy elements sprinkled throughout. This blue flowing off the shoulder top features statement sleeves that give my look a more fashion-forward edge.
The softness of the top contrasts with the hard/badass vibes of the leather skirt. Grommets elevate the skirt’s classic style with modern detail and give texture to the outfit.
I finished the look with white accessories for a pop of color that stands out. A white necklace up top, white clutch at my midsection, and white pointed booties on my feet provide balance and tie the entire outfit together.
I also want to give a special shout out to my sponsors, FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT and La Foglia, for making this all possible. These are 100% organic skincare lines designed to treat your skin using only pure, natural ingredients.
And it’s important to mention that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So it was awesome to team up to support such a good cause.
Shop My Fashion Week Look
The first show started out with VICHI Swim. The themes across the collection were tropical prints, sequins, and a mixture of both pastels and bright colors. The line felt inspired by a resort getaway.
Paired with the swimwear were shell-influenced accessories as well as tassel earrings. A couple of the looks were put together with chiffon coverups. With both revealing bikinis as well as classic one pieces, VICHI Swim had something for everyone.
My favorites included the yellow reversible monokini, the blue lace up one piece under the cover up, and the stunning gold one piece with the plunging neck.
Next up was ES Collection, which is an all men’s clothing brand. Their swimwear consisted of a mix of both solid and print. It included several silhouettes like briefs, boxers, and shorts.
While not frequent, there was the occasional jacket coverup thrown on top. Most of the pieces had some sort of tie detail, which really helped to tie the collection together. (That sounds super punny, but it was totally unintentional, so I just left it!) Thick waistbands (usually in a contrasting color) were another common element throughout.
My favorites included the black and pink patterned brief and the yellow shorts with the blue trim accents on the bottom. I appreciated how this collection had some unique color and pattern combinations that you don’t see elsewhere.
Mister Triple X Resort
Closing out the show was Mister Triple X Resort. Three models walked out together and the show kicked off with an unexpected hip hop routine that set the tone for an amazing runway.
This collection had a strong black, white, and red theme throughout. Staying consistent with resort wear, there were also many floral and tropical patterns.
In addition, there were a lot of striped swimsuits with graphic overlays. It was almost like referee meets resort. Another repeated element was the use of reflective, mirror-image engineered patterns that had inkblot vibes.
The women were accessorized with plant leaves in their hair, and I thought that was a beautiful touch to go along with the tropical resort theme.
A few favorites of mine included the women’s one piece with stripes, roses, skulls, and butterflies. The back detail was beautiful, the kimono coverup she wore was gorgeous, and in a weird way I actually loved the little extra something her back tattoo added to the look.
There was also the simple black one piece with thin red and yellow piping that I fell in love with. The piping contoured the model’s body perfectly and seemed like it would be super flattering.
JONATHAN MARC STEIN
This collection sort of went along with my outfit’s theme of the night: hard vs. soft and structured vs. flowing. Leather next to satin and chiffon are stark contrasts, but together they make for some really interesting pieces.
Some themes throughout included metallic and sequined elements, fringe, and a futuristic glossy lipstick that brought the collection together as one.
One of my favorites was the women’s all white look with a plunging collared crop top that ties in front with high waisted shorts.
I also loved the men’s open leather vest with a chain looped through the belt holes on either side. The structured collar was awesome. And the pants with that look were amazing as well. The subtle metallic pinstripes were a perfect way of connecting the look to the rest of the collection.
The most distinct elements in this show were the exaggerated hair, patchwork, tribal-esque prints, and geometric accessories.
One thing I enjoyed was the fact that this collection was not afraid to play with color. While the majority of the runway was vibrant, there were still moments where the collection was grounded again with some simple black and white pieces.
Dinkra also included several looks with stripes and chevron-like patterns.
I fell in love with the piece that opened the runway: an over the shoulder dress with chevron and patchwork paired with some knee high boots. The combination of patterns and textures was perfect.
Another piece I loved was a black and white chevron dress with exaggerated structured shoulders. The silver booties elevated the outfit and the blue necklace added a subtle pop of color.
Diana Couture x Le Ciel Design
This was perhaps my favorite show of the night. It was obvious how much thought and effort was put into this collection.
The line was Thailand-inspired, including brass finger claw nails, gold elements, intricate embroidery, jewels, and ornate headdresses.
Another theme throughout was that of the warrior heroine or goddess. This can be seen through the wings, props, and capes.
There was also a strong theme of feminine empowerment. Sheer organza and chiffon mixed with some structured and stiff silhouettes helped create the mood of delicate beauty mixed with a strong presence. The way the models walked also dictated a sense of calm, controlled power.
Something not everyone might have noticed was the fact that the collection started with black colors and ended with white. It seemed to tell the story of the transition of dark to light or good overcoming evil.
This entire collection was breathtaking, so it’s hard to pick just a couple favorites. But if I have to choose, one of my favs would be the ivory organza cape with intricate black web-like linear patterns. It was a showstopper.
But the biggest showstopper of all was the finale piece with the gold wings. The model was actually able to control whether the wings opened or closed with the push of a hidden button. The entire crowd gasped when the wings moved. It was truly a beautiful display. And what an amazing note to end on!