Following a successful opening night focusing on swimwear, Saturday night brought us more of the high-low trend currently seen around town during their runway shows of this second night’s Gallery LA presented LA’s Fashion Weekend.
BLACK HEARTS BRIGADE
Last Friday night marked the return of everyone’s favorite L.A. Fashion Week 3-day long closing event, L.A.’s Fashion Weekend at Sunset-Gower Studios presented and produced by Mikey Koffman and the Gallery L.A.
Friday night showcased designs by Nicolita, Amelie, Culture, and Kate Swim along with musical performance by Midnight Red.
by CHRISTINA MILIAN
Last Saturday,Los Angeles-based Belle N. Matisse held an installation during Concept LA at Siren Studios featuring their Spring/Summer 2013 collection for those clamoring to get the first looks at what fashionistas will be wearing in a few months.
Belle N. Matisse was founded in 2010 by “indie” designer Alexandria “Belle” Norman at the age of 18. The line organically blends architectural, geometric silhouettes with luxe fabrics including Italian knits, custom-dyed ribbing, original artwork, and rich leather and fur textures.
Current and former hero-pieces include their best-selling “butterfly-winged” net top and aged-leather skull “ski” pants from previous collections, effortless cool was the dominating theme for the S/S 2013 looks, all perfect for any current or up-and-coming “It Girl.”
While it’s usually the clothing that is the main feature, we also took note of the footwear (all by John Fluevog) as it completed the head-to-toe Belle N. Matisse looks
Like, ya know that totally like tubular neon-hot pink spandex skirt?
Barf me out.
So, there is this like resurgence of like 80’s fashion style making the
comeback to the fashion circuit.
Like valley girl style, fer sure.
The good. The bad. And the bangin’ style that was grody to the max.
Or, like was it?
When you think about the Eighties, you think about music and video. The
industry was transformed by MTV and the way musicians influenced pop
culture transcended through the radio and became a force in fashion – for
the good, the bad and ‘what in the heck where they thinking?’
Because video killed the radio star.
Pop music and pop fashion were influenced by post-punks, dance club acts,
hair bands and the early generations of hip-hoppers. The music business
became a fashion business and music junkies expressed themselves in their
Boys wore make up. Girls wore black lipstick. And both wore heavy eyeliner.
Then there were the preppies in their rugby’s with girls in pearls and
their press-on nails. Designer jeans to banana clips to knickers to pegged
jeans to neon.
Then there was big hair and big shoulder pads. Spandex. Sharp lines for
the sharp dressed men and women of the go-go Eighties.
It was a menagerie of creativity and identity that quickly became popular
and very conformist.
You were a rocker or a punk or a goth or a new waver or a preppy or a
follower to the hair bands.
There were jelly shoes to feathered hair to mini skirts to leg warmers to
fingerless gloves to parachute pants.
And don’t forget about the coveted favorite…stretch-pant stirrups!
That last one was something that should die with the eighties and never
rear its ugly head.
“The hot brands of the eighties ranged from Jordache to Calvin Klein to Izod to Adidas.”
Seems time and non-conformity has caught up with us again and now is a
time that is needed for much expression through fashion as many people
face oppression from a high rate of unemployment to vast amounts of
foreclosures. A time of unrest against the political backbone of our
So it makes sense that many of the fashion styles of the eighties are
coming back in style.
Are you ready to live in the eighties for the first time or all over again?
Here is a styling to help you get started:
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