by Ivanna Woods
October 7th, day three of Art Hearts Fashion exhibited a diverse display of collections ranging from accessible wearables to playful androgyny to rockstar chic.
Consort 62, a contemporary line for the young man that's part of the sexier side of New Hollywood - Consort 62 is a sort of social commentary on the nuances of the LA man. Miss Consort, a line designed for the girl who's the life of the party in mind, showcased alongside Consort 62. Lace shirts, satin pants, high waisted flowy pants, embellished gold heels and high ponytails were a few of the looks on the Miss Consort models. The men's line, Consort 62 incorporated cross body looks with crop tops and relaxed pants, jersey knits, and asymmetrical lines. Both of designer Kenneth Chang's lines suggested an overall relaxed vibe - perfect for the carefree aura of Spring/Summer.
Bright, colorful and bursting with Brittishness, Joules is one of Britain's most celebrated family lifestyle brands. Comprised of timeless classics inspired by country heritage, the collection was as functional as it was flattering. I particularly loved the 'wellies with a twist' - hand painted rain boots that will make your trips to festivals or farmyards practical and stylish. Basic bikinis were worn under Joules' hand painted raincoats with bespoke trims as models walked with umbrellas decorated with bountiful blooming prints down the runway. Joules also has a Little Joule line - designed to be layered and with the needs of children in mind. The one child model stole the show by sauntering down the runway in a swimsuit, raincoat and galoshes with colorful twists. Joules S/S16 collection successfully displayed how anyone can be stylish, come rain or shine.
Italian luxury fashion brand EloChee's Spring / Summer 2016 Collection Tux Club celebrated creativity in all of its' modern manifestations on the Art Hearts runway. Designer Eliose Florio created a sophisticated array of solid and stretched textiles - an exclusive, very modern profile. The chic patterns and cuts meet a range of fashion tastes - Tux Club proved to be chameleonic, unpredictable and glamorous. A unique play on androgyny was expressed throughout showcase. Tuxedo womenswear, wide legged pants paired with tops cropped above the navel, trench coats and cuffed skinny pants were arresting on the runway.
The ageless modernity of Nicole Miller's designs is what may be most appealing to the feminine, sexy and refined woman drawn to her creations. The ballroom was packed with onlookers, excited to see what's next for Spring/Summer 2016 in Miller's eyes. The showcase was truly spectacular in its' own right. Details ranged from faux fur to floral applique that shimmered brilliantly with micro-sequins, eye catching fringe, lace dresses with nude underlay. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the show were her sophisticated and modern wedding gowns - effortlessly beautiful and chic.
A fierce rockstar performance of 'The Star Spangled Banner' by Malina Moye on a crystal embellished electric guitar kicked off the closing show of day three showcasing Stello Official (formerly MT Costello) designs. Donning a sexy liquid black gown with a high side split, Moye set the tone for the incredible designs set to walk the runway. The Spring / Summer 2016 line entitled Hotel California was nothing short of spectacular - sheer sensuality in its most lux form. Los Angeles based Michael Costello re-branded MT Costello's ready-to-wear line to Stello Official and his cousin Stephanie Costello now heads it as he focuses on his couture collection. Hotel California was created 'in an effort to shine a light on Hollywood's darker side', which was executed perfectly. With each model that walked the catwalk, the rousing crowd grew louder. It was a very sexy display that left very little to the imagination at times. Suggestive but not fully over the top. The line included mermaid style gowns, mesh face masks, panel cutouts, capes, sheer maxi skirts and crop tops. Standout selections included glamorous gowns that looked like a sunburst of gold at the bodice, bejeweled green halter dresses and curve hugging peach colored sparkling dresses with deep V-necklines. Celebrities such as Jordin Sparks, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Beyonce all have walked red carpets and performances in Stello designs.
Art Hearts Fashion was produced by Erik Rosete & ParkerWhitaker Productions
EloChe: Tux Club