Experiencing Los Angeles fashion week has been a rousing week full of designers, networking, and mesmerizing fashion. Read along as I guide you on my journey. The week started off with Art Hearts Fashion Opening Party at the W Hotel Hollywood. I was one of the first to arrive, as always because I like to stake the place out and get comfortable in my surroundings before the crowd arrives. Not knowing a single soul never stops me from meeting people whilst out and this night was no different. I met an Australian actress working in LA, and we would cling fondly to each other throughout the night as we both came alone. Heading out onto the outdoor terrace where the event was hosted I watched as they setup what would become a night full of LA lifestyle with dim lighting, fire pits, and photographers. I met some of the designers, one in particular was the designer of House of Li-Jon whom explained to me how she used over 30,000 link chains to create her one of a kind custom pieces. I met several photographers, magazine editors, writers, and stylist along with other key people on the LA scene. It was a noteworthy night and would be a grand prelude of the week to come.
The week opened with renowned Los Angeles designer Sue Wong. She is no stranger to the fashion world, as she is known for her couture techniques and intricately appealing fashion. Having dressed celebs such as, Taylor Swift and Anne Hathaway, the designer has mass appeal. As I walked onto the scene I was slightly overwhelmed. This was my first time photographing, and my first time at a major event. It got pretty crazy! Walking in I could see velvet rope, artwork, beautiful people, and a streaming water fountain. Eagerness soon came over me, but was slightly distorted when it then began to rain. I ran for cover because my husband specifically told me not to get the camera wet. As they relocated the step and repeat banner for arrivals I attempted to gather the settings correctly on the camera for some great shots. Epic fail, the first few pictures came out horrible, so I quickly called my husband to ask what setting I should be at. He annoyingly scolded me about how I wasn’t ready while he spewed the ISO, Apenture, and shutter speed numbers I could possibly use. I went back out for another tryst with the camera. This time publicist and such were asking me to take pictures of their clients, which only fueled my high anxiety, but a few came out very well, and others not so much. After a few more frantic phone calls to the husband I was able to get the hang of this photography thing in time for Sue Wong’s show.
Alchemy & Masquerade was the title of the designers Spring 2016 collection, and the lived up to its name in vibrancy. The show opened with Sue receiving several awards, including one from a prince and princess for lifetime achievement. The crowd then watched as Sue took us into her themed world of darkly romantic couture ballroom gowns consisting of metallic embroidery and intricate beadings of chiffon and silk. The models also adorned headdresses constructed by Rocky Gathercole, adding to the masquerade ambiance. Closing with a Phantom Opera performance concluded what was a magnificent runway show.