Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 marked the beginning of Art Hearts Fashion Week, a four day extravaganza breaking into LA Fashion Week at Beverly Hilton at 6pm. Insuring their philanthropy (the showcase benefits AIDS), Art Hearts Fashion supported talent with Hale Bob, Danny Nguyen, Dair Design, Usama Ishtay, Kenneth Barlis, and Sen Couture featuring their latest Spring 2017 collections.
Hale Bob comes swinging in 70s bohemian retro asymmetrically slicing down the fox (or rabbit?) to open vests in rich turquoise paired with green turquoise ankle boots. Studded boots in lavender fuschia, fringe black backpack, and blanco dreamcatcher accessorizing floral flowing geometrics hailing an orange, black, and nude salted Native American earth.
Dair Design by Odair Pereira crushed Hilton facility gently in military polys, silks, faux leathers, chainmail, and fringed shoulder work that would make any soldier-or valet-proud. Black skirt left thighs to wonder how far modern androgyny has gone over the past five years. Lite brownie batter fringed in 20s tune, moderating the beat with halter top aswaying the open bell trail finish accompanied a mostly menswear collection.
Danny Nguyen brought his prêt-à-porter collection in the finest shade of sheer lace embroidery genius. Meshing Nehru collars with kimono sleeves in silver jacket work underlined each garments' independent streak. A floral chainmailed jacket with embroidered back chestplate made one glad for the separates.
Usama Ishtay impressed the packed audience with an olive combination featuring an oversized crushed velour hoodie that transformed into full cape. Gold foil jacket melded dress with blazer for a serious look at formal nightwear. Crosshatch halters, V-slits, and lace-up insets directed by asymmetrical cuts of the smooth, spandex-like fabric in the silkest maroon and olives sleekly adorned a gold fringe wristlet, ballet slipper gloves, and full pull-off tulle skirt.
Kenneth Barlis is a personal favorite in menswear, although he brought a bride to the runway. The gentlemen were more than pleasing in what seemed to be a theme throughout the night's collections - the spring feel, despite it being Fall/Winter 2017. Orange jersey jumped the stage in blazer and pant suit that spotted itself another hot trend down the board - orange is a hot flavor fad item this season. Independent of the need to blend in, Kenneth Barlis stamped out pant suits in burgundy floral and orange, aqua and white, fuschia blazers, some with fringed shoulder work. The bride donned a standing ovation (crowd) as the best dress of the night presented itself onto the runway halfway through the show in powder pink light sequence trailed by a hot pink lace train with intertwining maroon and snake skin.
Sen Couture was an absolute disaster of spandexy cut-out dresses and menswear in cheap fashion. With a price tag that raises an eyebrow as to what should qualify as 'couture' and a closing show placement, one would expect more from the designer. I have included some photographs for you to make your own judgment call....
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