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    LA Fashion Week F/W 2022 Delivered The Style, Color And Vibes With Award-Winning Designers

    LA Fashion Week hosted March 31-April 3 brought out the glitz and glamor of the Los Angeles fashion scene, which in this case, was full of diverse multicultural and global artists of all kinds.

    Everyone from stylists and influencers to designers and creatives stepped out in classy and stylish fits that truly best expressed their excitement & sentiments for its first fashion week of 2022.

    Photo By Craig Blank

    LA Fashion Week is an organization dedicated to raising the profile of fashion in the United States with a focus on the emergence of Los Angeles as one of the most important cultural cities in the world. Founded in 2010, and recognized as the official Fashion Week for the City of LA as declared by Mayor Eric Garcetti, California State Senator Ben Allen, and the White House for LAFW’s programs and initiatives on diversity.

    I attended with an open mind as this was the first of the shows I attended outside of “COVID-19 parameters”. I was truly excited to see how the F/W 2022 season shows were going to be kicked off—especially since it’s been years since I returned to cover its bi-annual Cars & Fashion Gala hosted this year on Thursday, March 31.

    Photo By Manny Llanura

    This year’s Cars & Fashion Gala focused on sustainability, featuring fabulous fashion by globally-recognized and LA-based designers, live music by DOROTHY, alongside influential VIP guests and media. LAFW’s sustainability initiative this year features support from the environmental nonprofit organizations Energy Independence Now (EIN), and their Drive H2 initiative.

    “It’s so encouraging to see some of the world’s most incredible fashion designers, like Michael Cinco and Rocky Star, embracing sustainability at Los Angeles Fashion Week,” said Brian Goldstein, Executive Director of Energy Independence Now (EIN), founder of the DriveH2 public service initiative and non-profit partners for Los Angeles Fashion Week.

    “Our mission with DriveH2 is to introduce people to clean hydrogen, which is the foundation of the new energy economy. So, our team is partnering with LAFW to spread the word about graceful and elegant eco-friendly innovations like hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. We’re so excited to share our mission with such incredible icons in the sustainable fashion world.”

    Photo By Mike Fox

    Here are a few highlights throughout the GALA:

    The Opening

    • Check-ins were swift beginning with LAFW officials making sure all COVID-19 Vaccination Cards were on hand and presented before receiving a stamp to allow anyone to enter the fabulous venue at the Petersen Automotive complex filled with amazing showcases of cars I can’t afford.
    • Although masks were unworn most of the night by pretty much everyone, the fact that they made sure all vaccination cards were present ensured the safety of all those attending, which I appreciated.
    • The night began with the green carpet. As media cameras flashed at those arriving, I was quickly intrigued about whether anyone noticed Influencer Jawuan Ford (who has 2.5 million followers btw) walking around the crowds with a camera stick in hand ensuring his epic content was captured from all angles. Looks like he did justice.
    • Although the shows started later than scheduled (are we surprised?) The pre-celebratory schmoozing with wine in hand happened in their VIP lounge & table stands which consisted of opportunities to sit, stand, take a photo, or sip. Fun!

    Photo By Craig Blank

    The Shows

    Rocky Star by Indian fashion designer Rocky Star kicked off the first show of the evening on March 31. First, the opening band and then the jokes from a very hilarious host and comedian Tehran Von Gharsi who kept us all patiently entertained before garments really took the runways by storm.

    Established in 1995, this luxury couture has focused on cut, comfort, fit, and finish that transforms in haute couture, bridal, luxury pret, and accessories for women and men. The brand is dedicated to the vision of creating fashion that is as contemporary as it is rooted, and as elegant as it is innovative.

    Upon first impression, Rocky Star designs encompass rockstar glamour—bespoke garments that shine with so much detail, it’s blinding but brilliant in the best ways possible. Check it out by following @RockyStarOfficial.

    Photo By Manny Llanura

    The Michael Cinco (of Dubai) headliner show by Filipino designer Michael Cinco followed next after a 20-minute intermission and I had a peek into their Fall Winter Collection. Think a mix of beautiful glam, couture, and innovative pieces into this runway show. Now, see it in this clip.

    Cinco is best known for his fabulous evening couture gowns worn. His innate creativity and masterful techniques have catapulted him to the front ranks of fashion. He has cultivated a dedicated following for the luxe and intricacy of his designs, with their fresh, elegant, and detailed juxtapositions of fabric and Swarovski crystals.

    I’m still clapping to this show even after days past, honoring the elegant nature that came with it—especially closing off with their glow-in-the-dark gowns in slow-motion sounds. Way to bring Dubai to LA! Is anyone hosting an elegant & eclectic party in the hills? Or a highly-visible fashion night? Follow @michael5inco.

    Photo By Manny Llanura

    The BLESS BY BLESS show was also a great one to see. The music selection on the runaway was one-of-a-kind. The brand is the love-child of a fashion company and The Army of Luv non-profit. A hybrid of fashion and philanthropy, it is a labor of love and vision of Zimbabwean Fashion Designer and Creative Director Bless Mazarura, a recipient of an Ambassador of Love Award.

    Through a continued dedication to human wellness, his dream is to empower Common Humanity through innovative, contemporary ready-to-wear garments. Bless By Bless goes beyond fashion, it’s a movement for social change, it’s a community where the humanitarian in us all unites for one cause, Love.

    Photo By Manny Llanura

    The Closing

    The after-party on the rooftop of the Petersen Automotive allowed me to digest and ponder the creativity of designs as well as the best-dressed crowd that stood amongst us. Besides getting my drink spilled on me more than a few times (I’m 5 ft and can be missed at these things), I’m happy I can say my black slacks, swimsuit one piece and sequined overshirt remained intact.

    The service of the bartenders was also top-tier when guests ran out of cups. I couldn’t say the same for a few LAFW’s producers who made sure to stay selective(-AF) with show seat picks, though. But hey, would it be fashion, if not? Plus, I ended the night on a rooftop with an LA view. Hats off to that.

    LA Fashion Week F/W 2022 Delivered The Style, Color And Vibes With Award-Winning Designers

    LA Fashion Week hosted March 31-April 3 brought out the glitz and glamor of the Los Angeles fashion scene, which in this case, was full of diverse multicultural and global artists of all kinds.

    Everyone from stylists and influencers to designers and creatives stepped out in classy and stylish fits that truly best expressed their excitement & sentiments for its first fashion week of 2022.

    Photo By Craig Blank

    LA Fashion Week is an organization dedicated to raising the profile of fashion in the United States with a focus on the emergence of Los Angeles as one of the most important cultural cities in the world. Founded in 2010, and recognized as the official Fashion Week for the City of LA as declared by Mayor Eric Garcetti, California State Senator Ben Allen, and the White House for LAFW’s programs and initiatives on diversity.

    I attended with an open mind as this was the first of the shows I attended outside of “COVID-19 parameters”. I was truly excited to see how the F/W 2022 season shows were going to be kicked off—especially since it’s been years since I returned to cover its bi-annual Cars & Fashion Gala hosted this year on Thursday, March 31.

    Photo By Manny Llanura

    This year’s Cars & Fashion Gala focused on sustainability, featuring fabulous fashion by globally-recognized and LA-based designers, live music by DOROTHY, alongside influential VIP guests and media. LAFW’s sustainability initiative this year features support from the environmental nonprofit organizations Energy Independence Now (EIN), and their Drive H2 initiative.

    “It’s so encouraging to see some of the world’s most incredible fashion designers, like Michael Cinco and Rocky Star, embracing sustainability at Los Angeles Fashion Week,” said Brian Goldstein, Executive Director of Energy Independence Now (EIN), founder of the DriveH2 public service initiative and non-profit partners for Los Angeles Fashion Week.

    “Our mission with DriveH2 is to introduce people to clean hydrogen, which is the foundation of the new energy economy. So, our team is partnering with LAFW to spread the word about graceful and elegant eco-friendly innovations like hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. We’re so excited to share our mission with such incredible icons in the sustainable fashion world.”

    Photo By Mike Fox

    Here are a few highlights throughout the GALA:

    The Opening

    • Check-ins were swift beginning with LAFW officials making sure all COVID-19 Vaccination Cards were on hand and presented before receiving a stamp to allow anyone to enter the fabulous venue at the Petersen Automotive complex filled with amazing showcases of cars I can’t afford.
    • Although masks were unworn most of the night by pretty much everyone, the fact that they made sure all vaccination cards were present ensured the safety of all those attending, which I appreciated.
    • The night began with the green carpet. As media cameras flashed at those arriving, I was quickly intrigued about whether anyone noticed Influencer Jawuan Ford (who has 2.5 million followers btw) walking around the crowds with a camera stick in hand ensuring his epic content was captured from all angles. Looks like he did justice.
    • Although the shows started later than scheduled (are we surprised?) The pre-celebratory schmoozing with wine in hand happened in their VIP lounge & table stands which consisted of opportunities to sit, stand, take a photo, or sip. Fun!

    Photo By Craig Blank

    The Shows

    Rocky Star by Indian fashion designer Rocky Star kicked off the first show of the evening on March 31. First, the opening band and then the jokes from a very hilarious host and comedian Tehran Von Gharsi who kept us all patiently entertained before garments really took the runways by storm.

    Established in 1995, this luxury couture has focused on cut, comfort, fit, and finish that transforms in haute couture, bridal, luxury pret, and accessories for women and men. The brand is dedicated to the vision of creating fashion that is as contemporary as it is rooted, and as elegant as it is innovative.

    Upon first impression, Rocky Star designs encompass rockstar glamour—bespoke garments that shine with so much detail, it’s blinding but brilliant in the best ways possible. Check it out by following @RockyStarOfficial.

    Photo By Manny Llanura

    The Michael Cinco (of Dubai) headliner show by Filipino designer Michael Cinco followed next after a 20-minute intermission and I had a peek into their Fall Winter Collection. Think a mix of beautiful glam, couture, and innovative pieces into this runway show. Now, see it in this clip.

    Cinco is best known for his fabulous evening couture gowns worn. His innate creativity and masterful techniques have catapulted him to the front ranks of fashion. He has cultivated a dedicated following for the luxe and intricacy of his designs, with their fresh, elegant, and detailed juxtapositions of fabric and Swarovski crystals.

    I’m still clapping to this show even after days past, honoring the elegant nature that came with it—especially closing off with their glow-in-the-dark gowns in slow-motion sounds. Way to bring Dubai to LA! Is anyone hosting an elegant & eclectic party in the hills? Or a highly-visible fashion night? Follow @michael5inco.

    Photo By Manny Llanura

    The BLESS BY BLESS show was also a great one to see. The music selection on the runaway was one-of-a-kind. The brand is the love-child of a fashion company and The Army of Luv non-profit. A hybrid of fashion and philanthropy, it is a labor of love and vision of Zimbabwean Fashion Designer and Creative Director Bless Mazarura, a recipient of an Ambassador of Love Award.

    Through a continued dedication to human wellness, his dream is to empower Common Humanity through innovative, contemporary ready-to-wear garments. Bless By Bless goes beyond fashion, it’s a movement for social change, it’s a community where the humanitarian in us all unites for one cause, Love.

    Photo By Manny Llanura

    The Closing

    The after-party on the rooftop of the Petersen Automotive allowed me to digest and ponder the creativity of designs as well as the best-dressed crowd that stood amongst us. Besides getting my drink spilled on me more than a few times (I’m 5 ft and can be missed at these things), I’m happy I can say my black slacks, swimsuit one piece and sequined overshirt remained intact.

    The service of the bartenders was also top-tier when guests ran out of cups. I couldn’t say the same for a few LAFW’s producers who made sure to stay selective(-AF) with show seat picks, though. But hey, would it be fashion, if not? Plus, I ended the night on a rooftop with an LA view. Hats off to that.

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