The Los Angeles Fashion Council kicked-off Fashion Week with runway show’s featuring ISM Mode, Odylyne, The Bohemian Society, and Jen Awad. The two day event is being held at the historic Carondelet House in Los Angeles and will also feature accessory brands; Pop Molly, Gilda Grey, Shallow Fashion, White Sycamore, Bijou Van Ness, and Kittinhawk.
The Los Angeles Fashion Council although in it’s first season may appear to be the new-kids-on-the-block but Kelsi Smith, fashion maven behind the blog, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Stylesmith, and the blogger network Two Point Oh! LA, is also the Director and Founder of The Los Angeles Fashion Council and stands behind the motto of the LAFC; “Our mission is to elevate Los Angeles fashion design by creating a platform for presentation on local, national and international levels, as well as by providing education, funding and support.”
Smith had this to say about the two-day event, “I’m so looking forward to presenting these designers in our inaugural event, I’m personally extremely passionate about their work and look forward to seeing it in the beautiful setting of Carondelet House.”
The house itself was beautiful and decorated as diversely as the designers that made up day one. The first brand to hit the runway was the German company, ISM Mode. The brand stayed true to their philosophy and design aesthetic to deliver clothing that captures comfort, modern style, detail, and sophistication. ISM Mode places a heavy focus on the design of each garment and believes in, “exploring the geometry of form and classic simplicity”. ISM was founded in Berlin, Germany and has since then recently moved to Los Angeles.
Following on the heels of ISM Mode was, Odylyne—beautiful, whimsical and vintage all came to mind when I laid eyes on the Spring-Summer 2013 collection. The brand’s concept and design is simple, a blending of bohemian and vintage styles with a touch of modernity and femininity. The color palette was simple and yet still managed to dazzle with pale blues, and corals. The collection was abundant with many silhouettes utilizing ivory as the color of choice. There were also some prints that were used as well. The runway show wasn’t so much a runway, as it was a circle, leaving the photographers in the pit struggling to find a good angle to capture their images. Aside from the minor adjustment that some of the photographers and press had to get used to the collection was well received.
The next designer to walk the runway was Jen Awad. A Los Angeles native and one of my personal favorites delivered a show that was true to her roots. Designing a collection that was not only modern but also vintage. Jen always one to use bright colors did not disappoint, the collection carried an array of bright blues, pinks, and of course black. Designed with passion and sophistication its apparent Awad continues to deliver each season collections that are chic-elegant with a bit of edge. Her designs are sexy yet classic and are extremely wearable.
Rounding out the evening was the artistic avant-garde designs of Victor Wilde the visionary behind the brand, Bohemian Society. Victor designs in many mediums and is a true artist in all the sense of the word. Since 2003 the brand has delivered collections that have continually pushed the envelope of what some would call wearable fashion. When you look at Victor’s collections they should be looked upon as works of art vs. the more heavily toted phrase, mentioned previously. It was safe to say tonight’s collection was no different. Except that it played upon what you might imagine to be images from a drug induced dream. The designs were dark, edgy and left the press pit literally screaming at the models, “Center. Walk down the center!” That aside the production went fairly smoothly and as each look strolled down the runway the crowd appeared pleased, even sitting on the edge of their seats in anticipation of the next look.
If day one of The Los Angeles Fashion Council show’s are any indication of what tomorrow will bring I can safely say I await with anticipation for day two’s unveiling.