LAFW was filled with trendsetting designs and brilliant designers that brought the ideas to life. Below are profiles of the 16 visionaries that shared their pieces to create LAFW 2017.
BISHME R. Cromartie
Falling in love with fashion early, Bishme found himself starting out with a gifted sewing machine and inspiration. His fashion expertise and following grew organically beginning with people around him and growing to reach people with an eye for his chic and edgy designs. This collection shared at LAFW featured electric tones and patterns. Each of the pieces, leaped off the runway with clean lines and an elegant flow. Additionally, the chokers added an edgy to the already fierce designs. Each model sported a strikingly different set tones from the one before her, but each was a part of forming a cohesive show.
LOTUZ is an Indonesian clothing brand dedicated to sharing the image and beauty of the modern woman and all of her beauty. Michelle Worth, the Creative Director at LOTUZ, is heavily inspired by her Chinese heritage as well as her Indonesian upbringing and allows cultural attributes to find their way into the designs. This collection in particular includes the beauty and inspiration she strives with stunning displays femininity. The floral tones and silk patterns were elegant, but the mesh tights, skirts, and tennis shoes beneath these pieces were a fun a creative decision. The marriage of the sexy and carefree sides of the women in these outfits was remarkable.
Tommy Ambiyo Tedji is a forward thinking designer with a desire to share strong and innovative fashion concepts with those who truly appreciate the art. His brand focus on making objects and unconventional pieces wearable as part of fashion spectacles for innovation and creativity to be appreciated. This has been his mission since the beginning and he has been true to it. This collection, being an extension of the mission, was one of the more homogeneous collections with each having the same pieces for the bottoms and shoes. But this decision lead to all eyes on the vibrant tops that accompanied beautiful feathers and gems. Shifting the audience to a focal point created a captivating sight line for each model to step in and out of.
A young brand part of the ASAVA group with great promise, ASV carries modern designs with clean lines and clear structure as an extension of the as a whole. ASV aspires to inspire women to go after their dream and be confident and feel free to maintain their femininity in the process. This most recent collection is a representation of the consistency they strive for. Vertical and horizontal stripes flooded this show in the most fashionable way possible. Each fabric had its own addition to the show. Metallic upon receiving glimpses from the light around, the fabrics were the show. Simple jewelry and a lack of layers allowed the fabrics of these pieces to speak emphatically.
Issue Thailand is an Asian brand inspired largely by Buddhism and teachings of the Dalai Lama. Additionally, they aim to channel the wearer’s personality and allow them to embrace their whole selves. The cultural roots behind their brand is embedded in their designs beautifully. Keeping their goals of culture and fashion in mind, this collection certainly delivered. The pieces brought patterns unique of expression and meaning threaded into pieces that told stories of their own. Beyond the stunning patterns, color-blocking was employed to provide eye-catching contrasts.
MARY ME JIMMY PAUL
Mary Me Jimmy Paul is an Amsterdam based brand that aims to reside in the intersection where art meets fashion and they push the envelope as far as they can. The designers Marie Burlot and Jimmy Rinsum are creative minds that are constantly inspired by the world around them and they use it to create fun and vibrant pieces that show the world in all aspects. Colors, patterns, and textures galore. Featuring oversized coats and metallic fabrics, Mary Me Jimmy Paul shared pieces with diversified ensembles that all gave the care free collection they are known for. Strong cohesion existed within each outfit but between them was strong contrast. These complexities give rise to an expressive show.
Jeffrey Tan is an innovator in fashion artistry. His brand appeals to modern audiences with his beautiful patterns and fresh perspective on designs, but stays true to Indonesian roots so as to include all parts of his inspiration. Matching fabrics and creating cohesion in chaos is a special skill that exists in his design concepts. This collection embodies that ideal. Specifically he shows elegant fabrics with beautiful folds and shapely cut pieces for excellent wear.
Indonesia born and inspired, Rinda Salmun looks to her roots, her creativity, and her extensive education in fashion to come out with beautiful pieces. After years of getting her Bachelors and Masters degree in the world of fashion, Rinda Salmun has excellent training to match her artistic mind and it shows. This collection makes use of beautiful juxtaposition, clean lines, and fun patterns to keep eyes fresh and focused on each look. She also opts for the model to have edgy hair and jewelry that compliments the unconventional aspects of her pieces in perfect accord. Stripes and contrast are definitely cohesive elements to this collection that allow each piece to be different and the show to be whole.
Noe Bernacelli is a true admirer of women and looks to them for inspiration in his art as well as to celebrate their beauty. Born in Peri, Bernacelli knew very young of his love for the art and the capacity of fashion to display beauty in all it’s form. He set out to share this and along the way Italy found its way into his well of inspiration. Drawing for these sources, created clothing that embraced the beauty and grace of a woman’s body. His elegant designs feature stunning gowns with floral additions and mesh fabric as the base of the pieces. Interestingly, he chose to include male looks of clean cut suits in simple yet dapper tones so as to allow the gowns to shine.
Lela Eloshi aims to feel, not to please. Her designs are meant to inspire uniqueness and break the status quo. To some degree, they carry a shock factor that allows her brand to grow in the direction of free will. Eloshi challenges traditional femininity and the ideals of what is attractive to invite a spirit of self-decision. This newest collection features the care-free essence. The cuts are flowy and fall in whichever places they may, while the fabrics are very simple and warm. A rather bold choice, many of the models are bra-less and mesh fabrics allow for faint silhouettes of their breasts to be seen. Glowy, vibrant views permeate this show and the beauty is evident.
George Styler is a visionary who took to fashion. His pieces embody culture, nature, and beauty in designs only he can deliver. Although his brand is based in Los Angeles, styles is inspired by his Serbian heritage and allows all of the intersections in life to lead him through his creative journey. In the process he found himself being drawn to a unique collection of patterns and textures that are no characteristic of his collections. This collection features beautiful knit pieces with vibrant colors and remarkable combinations that bring them to life. They tell a story and have a communicative aspect to them resembles no other.
Turning the tides of Thai fashion, Milin has created a brand that seeks to speak for the voice of the woman and spread the positivity of the female body. Adding an element of sensuality and power to the presentation of the designs is a part of her brand and keeps that in mind when sharing new collections. Her newest collection upholds these values with neutral tones and fabrics when textures your eyes can feel. From the layering of natural floral patterns to the mesh to the metallics, Milin proves that takes many forms in her designs especially with the chic feather tag ons to a few of the looks. Certainly no dull designs in this show.
A new brand formed in 2017 showing amazing promise, Marketa Häkkinen and Mariela Pokka have a jewel on their hands. Beginning with Marketa’s wedding designs, Nordic Angels came about due to pure inspiration and desire to pursue a passion for the industry of fashion. The name specifically was inspired by Marketa’s love for reindeer leather and it serves a very special role in her collection. Featuring wedding and events dresses, Nordic Angels’ newest collection combine beautiful florals, elegant capes, and daring colors. Additionally, the collection displayed gorgeous hats and layers to complete each look and make for a full show.
Made for the sexy, sultry women of the women, Patinya is for the modern working who works and plays in the high fashion with high confidence. Their designs are sharp and deliberate in design, meant to be worn by those who know what they want and what sort of aura they want to put out in the world. The pieces in this collection reflect exactly that. Patinya shared a collection of breathtaking gowns in pinks and whites. Each model was dripping in femininity and elegance as the clothing draped effortlessly down the runway. Not only was there a collection, but a spectacle as well.
Different than any of the collections seen at LAFW, Radka Salcmannova is an artist first. Her pieces tell story, bring the imaginary to life, and explore new mediums of to move eyes and turn heads. The gold in this collection was dominant and absolutely stunning especially with the blue that peaks out among the models’ eyes. The show itself is noteworthy for its exemplary use of staging, mood music, and performance far beyond what a standard fashion show could deliver. The textures and the acting really brought the pieces to life and Salcmannova truly succeeded in providing visuals to make us all think.
Sav Lavin was birthed from designer Savira Lavina’s full name. Taking inspiration from the world around her, Lavina ultimately looks to science and new textures to create her pieces. The designs she comes out with intend to make innovation a fashion experience and her show certainly displayed this. Featuring at large only tones and black and white, Sav Lavin allowed the imagery in texture to be seen as the focal point of her pieces. The pieces ranged from pants and skirts to dresses and each came together in a cohesive collection and cool tones and intricate designs. Between the pieces and the accessories, Sav Lavin put together a show to celebrate the modern woman and all of her complexities.