The fabulous event, hosted by Mikey Koffman and David Begnaud, was broadcast live on KTLA channel 5 and Hi-Fashion returned for another energetic performance.
Alexis by Tal Sheyn kicked things off with a tribute to TheReal Housewives of Orange County. The line was created in collaboration with O.C. Housewives star Alexis Bellino and it featured sexy evening wear and shimmery cocktail dresses. A number of sheer mesh gowns with strategically placed sequins were featured and some of the shoes were killer.
For some reason I was destined to meet Lizzie Parker because I met two of her friends earlier in the evening. One on my way into the event and the other in the VIP lounge. Stella was kind enough to introduce me to Lizzie, who has a very warm personality and smart business sense.
You may have seen Lizzie Parker on NBC’s Fashion Star. Even though her time on screen was brief the mom from Seattle, who left her job at Microsoft to start her own fashion line, received an offer from Macy’s and made it to round two. Lizzie has a knack for designing clothes that flatter every body type – whether you’re a size 0 or a size 16. Lizzie specializes in modern knitwear for women with multi-faceted lives. Her fashion forward pieces are great for layering and are stylish enough for the office yet chic enough to wear out for drinks or dinner. The minimal color palate and comfy knits presented on the catwalk were inspired by Lizzie’s home town of Seattle. The collection featured core essentials—jersey tees, asymmetrical cropped tops, long maxi skirts, and seamed leggings—that can be used to create a workable wardrobe. In fact, you can actually purchase a 22-pc seasonal wardrobe on her site, so you can look put together without having to make a tremendous amount of effort.
Romeo and Juliet Couture closed the evening with a collection that was inspired by the CW hit series Gossip Girl. The looks presented mixed NY sensibility with West Coast flair. Featured on the runway was a sophisticated black jumpsuit and a 1920’s inspired grey dress. A number of color blocked pieces made their way down the catwalk in addition to fur vests, feather jackets, and metallic prints.
When the show was over everyone headed out to the SkyBar at the Mondrian to celebrate the end of L.A. Fashion Week FW 2012.
Narrative and photos by Nikki Neil