Tonight we celebrated Gen Art’s return to L.A. After an 18-month hiatus the company has been reborn as a subsidiary of publishing company Sandow Media. Fresh Faces in Fashion celebrates up and coming designers in L.A. and NY. The SS2012 event featured eleven designers - four of which presented installations during the cocktail reception, which was hosted by Kettle One and Q Qream Liquor. There were simplistic leather handbags by ImanToloui, statement shoes from Plomo, edgy architectural jewelry by TomTom, and unique accessories made from fossils, exotic wood, and prehistoric ivory by Sticks and Stones.
I wasn’t the only one excited about Gen Art’s return because it seems almost everyone from the fashion community was in attendance. I ran into a number of familiar faces including TwoPointOh LA! Founder Kelsi Smith, designers Averi Bell (Chemline) and Lisa Felsenthal (LisaMichelle), and a number of fellow bloggers.
Actress and co-founder of MyFDB, Zoe Saldana, was the host for the evening. The Spring/Summer 2012 presentations began with We AreHandsome. Created by Australian design due Indhra Chagoury and Jeremy J Somers, We Are Handsome’s swimwear collection featured luxe classic cuts that were inspired by colorful animal and landscape imagery.
The design team of Bianca Benitez and Rob Sinclair are the driving force behind Dear Creatures – a line created for vibrant individuals who desire unique clothing that reflects their personality. The collection’s whimsical looks were timeless as they harmonized traditional elements with a modern sensibility and a retro 60’s vibe.
Designed by Stephanie Lampkin, Odylyne’s boho-chic collection featured dresses with ruffled hems and jumpsuits in bright colors. The models wore detailed head pieces, which accentuated the looks.
Devin Carlson, Matthew Goldman, Jake Denney, and Jack Anderson are the men behind Chambers – an L.A. based clothing line that creates casual everyday wear for men. Their grunge inspired collection featured varsity style jackets with leather sleeves, flannel button-downs, and skinny jeans.
Ellis Yu’s 71 Stanton made its debut in January of this year. The moniker is a combination of her birth year, 1971, and the town she grew up in, Stanton. The collection featured a line of sportswear inspired streetwear that consisted of simple staples like racerback tanks, sheer paneled hoodies, and paper-bag shorts.
Launched in 2009 by Jennifer Park, Funktional creates wearable clothing for the everyday gal. The collection featured maxi dresses and casual separates that were reminiscent of the 70’s. Jennifer chose to pair the collection with tribal inspired make up and feather headdresses.
Rock ‘n’ roll couture line, Stand and Deliver is designed by rockers Yohanna Logan (ex lead singer of Wow) and Corey Parks (ex-Nashville Pussy bassist). Inspired by the street fashion of London’s Kings Road circa 1977 the collection featured a number of avant-garde pieces consisting of skintight shorts, studded leather wear, a zippered body suit, and a mini-skirt dress. I was really bummed that I didn’t have a better seat because I couldn’t capture the performance art that was taking place on the runway, which included an intense make-out session, a model riding a skateboard down the catwalk, and a mock street fight.
Thankfully, I am able to include a few photos courtesy of Todd Williamson/Wire Image so you don’t miss out.
Narrative and photos by Nikki Neil