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Mar 7, 2016

F.B.I. Fashion Next Runway Show

In conjunction with the LA Intl Textile Show and Factory Direct Trade Show, Fashion Business Incorporated also hosted a fashion show presenting the latest creations from some of their member designers.

The showcase took place at the New Mart Building in Downtown Los Angeles and began with a presentation by Vegas Couture. Founded by Wanda Potter-Merritt, the brand’s aesthetic is classic sophistication that blends styles from the past with a modern flair. Inspired by the glamour of Hollywood, Wanda’s line exudes effortless elegance and focuses on staple pieces that can be mixed and matched to accommodate any occasion.

Koma-Va is a high fashion dress line for toddlers through pre-teen. The little girls modeling these looks were adorable; however, photographing them was a bit of a challenge. Regardless, it was a fun presentation and there were a few pieces that I would like to find in my size.

Nancy Komick, creator and designer of Rare Jenny Clothing, was born and raised in L.A. Having sewn since the age of five, Jenny would frequently make her own clothes. People would often stop her on the street and ask where she got her outfit. This inspired Jenny to start her own label – Rare Jenny.

Celebrity designer Courtney Allegra showcased the latest from her CA11 leather outerwear line for men and women.  I was really loved the leather jacket  shown in the intro photo to this post and was impressed to discover that for every jacket sold Courtney gives a jacket to a child in need.

Despite their young age, twin sisters Natasha and Sofia Garreton are quite skilled in the art of swimwear. Their latest collection for Lumahai featured a number of playful looks perfect for frolicking on the beach or perfecting your poolside tan.

I was surprised to find out that the JT Carpet Bag originated in the 1960’s. Designer Jerry Terrence got the idea to create handbags made of carpet from his family business. The first collection was a hit and he sold over 1,000,000 bags in the first couple of years.  Since then, the handmade bags have evolved but still incorporate the rebellious attitude of the 60’s and feature accents such as nubbly foam and shag fringe. JT Carpet Bags are also eco-friendly and 100% Vegan.

Relatively new to the scene is Vero and Provato, which features “desk to dinner” looks that combine quality, style, and comfort for the busy gal who is always on the go.

Before the show started I had the pleasure of speaking to Kristyn Goddard, designer for Paradise Ranch. The line, which just launched this past November, features sophisticated resort style swimwear and coverups that are flattering on all shapes and sizes and easily transition from the pool to the lounge.

The final presentation was by SF Couture. A live performance by a cellist provided the perfect ambiance for the presentation of the romantic looks from the collection.

After the show attendees were treated to a cocktail hour meet and greet where they had the opportunity to network with other F.B.I. members and the designers.

Narrative and photos by Nikki Neil


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