West Coast Fashion Designers Showcase Creativity for a Cause at W Hotel Los Angeles
The fabulously fashion-forward elite will gather on Tuesday evening from 7-10pm, June 7 at the equally chic W Hotel Los Angeles in Westwood for the 4th annual Little Black Dress gala. This high-profile spectacle is returning to its Los Angeles home after last year's triumphant New York debut starring fashion icons Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, and Diane von Furstenberg to name a few. Unlike a runway show, the dresses will be worn by mannequins resulting in a memorable soiree filled with music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and 'fashion as art.'
"The West Coast fashion scene has exploded since the first Little Black Dress in 2002," said Emmy Cortes, Little Black Dress founder and producer. 'Los Angeles-inspired 'youthful chic' and 'relaxed glamour' is influencing designers worldwide.'
This year's event will feature a handpicked selection of over 30 West Coast-based designers and their interpretation of the 'perfect little black dress.' The designers will be invited based on their overall reputation within the fashion industry and media accolades. The elite group of participants will be asked to donate either an original piece or an existing black dress from their collection. Up-and-coming designers will be featured alongside famous names to raise money for the charitable organization, Stop Cancer. Stop Cancer funds research at UCLA, USC and City of Hope and is chaired by former Paramount Pictures President, Sherry Lansing.
'We are grateful that we have been selected as the beneficiary of this prestigious event for the third time,' said Ron Wise, Stop Cancer Executive Director. 'Little Black Dress has raised significant funds which has been matched dollar-for-dollar in-kind by the institutions we support.'
In addition to highlighting West Coast talent, 3 UK-based designers will sneak preview the international debut of Little Black Dress in the textile capitol of the world, Manchester, England. 'LBDUK' will be a standing exhibit at the modern landmark, Urbis, before also hosting the fete on Saturday, September 10, 2005.
Peter Mearns, NWDA Director of Marketing, said: 'England's Northwest is home to an exceptional fashion and textile sector and is the largest centre for creative industries outside London, it therefore provides an ideal location for this inspiring international event. I am also very pleased our own designers will be participating, reinforcing the region as a hotbed for aspiring and inspiring fashion design talent.'
England's NW-based labels confirmed for the Los Angeles event this June include Gorgeous Couture and Vicky Martin. Gorgeous Couture has already hit the US-marketplace via Barney's New York and Vicky Martin has stand-alone boutiques in England and can also be found in some of the UK's finest department stores including Selfridges.
To underscore the 'little black dress' theme, guests will feast their eyes on a living editorial of live models choreographed by fashion designer Jose Angel, creator, producer and director of P. Ka Bu. Since November 2003, P. Ka Bu has embraced the LA fashion scene by establishing a platform for independent labels with their own fashion week. As a topper to the eye-candy, ten 6-foot paintings by celebrated LA-based artist, Biagio Black will add to the backdrop of celebrity guests. The paintings are the result of a series titled 'New Faces' commissioned by Ford Models, and will be available to purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Stop Cancer.
Celebrities, fashion-insiders, and other VIP guests will be admitted strictly by invitation. An extremely limited number of tickets will be released to the general public for $150 each via Ticketweb.com beginning Friday, May 6. Tickets will sell out.
For updated information on this year's event or details on past events, please visit the Little Black Dress website, designed by the fashion industry's web development and software company of choice, createthe, based in New York. createthe developed the online destinations for Marc Jacobs, Another Magazine, Gucci, and David Yurman. The redesigned Little Black Dress site will relaunch on May 16 at www.lbdevents.com.