Kelsi Smith started the Los Angeles Fashion Council with the goal of championing underground and emerging designers. As part of this focus Kelsi and her team hosted two days of runway shows in the heart of Downtown L.A.’s Fashion District. Cinema Make-Up School, Manny Castro, and Factory L.A. also lent their talents and support.
The two day event kicked off at noon and continued into the early evening. Guests were treated to lunch and Peroni provided the beer. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it out of work on time to catch ISM Mode’s runway show. Sadly, I arrived just as it had ended but I did manage to snap a few photos of the models in their outfits.
The day prior ISM Mode’s designer, Inca Sherman, was joking that her clothes don’t really have hanger appeal but once they are on they look great. And, she was right! The models looked stellar in Inca’s casually chic creations. (Photo below courtesy of Felix Salzman LookBookLA)
I was happy to see Averi Bell (designer for Chemline). She was there to show her support for Inca and even wore an outfit from ISM’s latest collection. Averi recently welcomed a son into her family, and she is very happy with her new duties as a mom but she assured me that there will be new Chemline collection out in the near future.
I also ran into my friend Remi, who is a stylist/menswear designer.
We enjoyed speaking to Leah Garvin, founder of Factory LA. We both agreed that Leah has great style.
Of course there were a lot of other stylish folks in the house.
The final presentation of day one was by Sarine Marie. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sarine Berberian has an extensive background in fashion. She designed her first outfit while in the 2nd grade and her dad is a tailor and he also has experience in costume construction/design.
Sarine Marie’s F/W13 collection was inspired by lady-like silhouettes and mixed feminine and romantic with edgy and modern. The high-end contemporary collection was comprised of a number of expertly tailored pieces with an emphasis on detail.
The models descended down a staircase and onto the catwalk – frequently pausing to allow those in attendance to take pictures. It was a nice change of pace that gave everyone an opportunity to get a great shot.
Narrative and photos by Nikki Neil