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Los Angeles Fashion Week | Inside The Fashion-Vortex Of LAFW

“Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.” - Winston Churchill 

For the last five years I’ve covered Los Angeles Fashion Week here on WFTR, not once ever feeling quite as exhausted as I am from this season. But it is the connections, friends and sleepless nights that make it all worthwhile. For the last two weeks I’ve been in a fashion-vortex of sorts. I’ve kept busy running from runway show to runway show, events, and soirees—here, there and everywhere. Los Angeles Fashion Week has taken a lot out of me, but it hasn’t taken my love of fashion, fight, or hunger for success. I wanted to share with all of you a recap of the last two weeks. Below you will find images, quotes and moments from Los Angeles Fashion Week SS13’ shows. Please share and repost with friends. 

Fashion Week Kicked-Off with the inaugural launch of LAFC (Los Angeles Fashion Council) spearheaded by Two Point Oh! LA’s Kelsie Smith, also of Dedicated Follower Of Fashion, and Stylesmith. The LAFC hosted a two day event at the historic Carondelet House in downtown Los Angeles.  The event was sponsored by Chambord and Chambord Vodka  and included runway shows featuring: AGAIN, ISM Mode, Luxury Jones, Odylyne, The Bohemian Society, Jen Awad, and Luciana Salamone. Accessories with pop-up booths included: Pop Molly, Gilda Grey, Kittinhawk, Shallow Fashion, White Sycamore, and Bijou Van Ness. 

            (ISM MODE - Image: www.losangelesfashioncouncil.com

        (ODYLYNE - Image: www.losangelesfashioncouncil.com

*(Fashion re-cap #TBT) This was a post I found from last year. It somehow never went to publish. Interesting to see how it started. I tried to find the images that went with the feature and then remembered they were wiped from my system when the hard drive crashed back in July. These images were pulled from LAFC’s blog. 

   ( BOHEMIAN SOCIETY - Image: www.losangelesfashioncouncil.com

             (JEN AWAD - Image: www.losangelesfashioncouncil.com

With Mother’s Day just around the corner we wanted to put together a Mother’s Day Gift guide that will not only make your mother smile, but it will make the Women of East Africa smile as well. Introducing Harkiss designs. Founded by Harriet Zaffoni a New Yorker of Ugandan descent, Harriet wanted to empower the women of East Africa to help them see that they too could provide for their families.

Each one of Harkiss designs is handmade by East African artisans. Each piece is made from natural wood, stone, cow horn, leather and other natural products. Harkiss is based on the idea of compassionate capitalism. Every product is made by East African artisans (most of whom are women responsible for supporting their entire family) in the comfortable and safe setting of a co-op in their community.

This work has opened a new trade route through which you can enjoy the beautiful and unique designs of East Africa, and East African women benefit from a larger marketplace for their hand crafted products. And a percentage of the sales go to a charity Organization LEND a HAND UGANDA–USA.

And in keeping with inspiring women of all backgrounds, Harkiss designs wants to give back to women of all walks of life by offering a promotion for the month of May. The “Lady of the Season” contest will run until May 11th 2014. Customers who purchase $75 or more from the online boutique will be automatically entered into the “Lady of the Season Contest”. The contest winner will receive one piece of fine, handcrafted jewelry delivered to them each season all the way through to the winter of 2015 A totals of 4 pieces. The runner-up will win a beautiful basket hand-woven by a Harkiss Designs artisan, plus a finely crafted bracelet made from natural
horn or brass.

To learn more about Harkiss designs please visit: Harkissdesigns.com

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- Dana Elizabeth

Foreign Exchange Teams Up With Guliana Rancic

We were thrilled to have been chosen to receive one of the, “We Wear Pink” top’s this past month. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and in support of Guliana Rancic’s charity, Bright Pink clothing brand, Foreign Exchange will donate 25% of all proceeds from the sale of their “Bright Pink” capsule collection.  The funds will go directly to support breast cancer research. The items are perfectly priced, ranging from $14-$25 and are perfect for a gift, or to honor someone you love. 


The T-shirts will keep you cozy while still looking casual. Wear them to lounge around in, or dress them up with heels. The tee’s are definitely on our list this year for a great go-to gift. 


That’s why, Foreign Exchange and Guliana Rancic our are pick for this month’s: "Love it, List it" item. We’ll donate a percentage of the proceeds, up to $100. that arise directly from Words From The Runway, use the Love it, List it link—it’s also listed below. Please help us, Foreign Exchange, as well as Guliana Rancic in support of Breast Cancer research. 

BRAND: Foreign Exchange

STYLE NAME: We Wear Pink Long Sleeved Sweater

PRICE: $22

E-COMMERCE SITE: www.feclothing.com

Buy it: http://bit.ly/HIenE3 

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Today we’ll be heading out to the LIVE LOVE SPA event. What’s that? Live Love Spais the first of it’s kind, a premiere spa event. Catering to celebrities, Editors, and Social Influencers in the industry, Live Love Spa aims to share the latest and greatest in Spa treatments and beauty products currently on the market. I’m extremely excited, because I’ll get to share my experience with all of you! You’ll get to see the latest trend-setting products and treatments from the best brands the spa industry has to offer, some even before they hit the market.
Okay, but what’s different about LIVE LOVE SPA you may ask? This unique event, strives to educate, promote and connect the spa industry with top influencers and professionals in the industry, but how does that affect you? Well, who better to test the products and deliver the news direct to the public then beauty insiders and industry influencers? Plain and simple, you trust us to give it to you straight, we don’t lie!  


I’ll be on site today, snapping images and posting on Twitter and Instagram so I hope you’ll follow our journey. leading lady, and influential beauty maven herself—Brittany Snow will be hosting the event. So make sure to follow up, for behind-the-scene images. 
to learn more about Live Love Spa please visit: http://www.livelovespa.com/  
Get social: LIVE LOVE SPA  on Twitter and on LIVE LOVE SPA on Facebook @livelovespa on Instagram. 
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- Dana Elizabeth 

L’Cheriyve Launches Trenchcapades

Looking for something special to spice up your wardrobe? Then look no further than the women’s luxury brand L’Cheriyve. This high-end designer brand is taking a woman’s passionate instincts to new heights. L’Cheriyve debuted its collection of Trenchcapades™ – a season-less, contoured interpretation of the classic woman’s trench coat. The design, couture fabrication, fit and uniqueness of a Trenchcapade™ surpasses conventional boundaries of luxury, style and functionality.

 L’Reine Is Sultry and Seductive In Red No One Will Take Their Eyes Off You

               The L’ Brielle Seen Above Is Perfect For Work or Play 

                Above The L’ Chloe Trench Is Perfect For Day Or Night…

L’Cheriyve will redefine the way women access, embrace and express their sensuality with an 11-piece collection that features a sophisticated blend of modern style and couture fabrications, in celebration of a woman’s power and passion. With luxury at its foundation, Trenchcapades™ will reveal a woman’s naturally flirtatious and sensuous side, celebrating modern femininity, awareness and a sense of adventure.

                  The  L’ Dominique Trench coat Is Edgy With A Touch Of Sexy 

Who Says You Can’t Wear White After Labor Day? In L’Jasmine You Can Wear It All Year Long…

                        The L’ Josephine Is A Twist On An Old Classic  

L’ Yvette, Named After L’Cherivye Foudner Yvette Poole Is Romantic and Refined

Trenchcapades™ aren’t simply outerwear; they’re intended to stylishly and tastefully contribute to an overallexperience for women.  “L’Cheriyve was created to celebrate curiosity and the joy of adoration with women,” says Yvette Poole, founder and CEO of the Los Angeles based company.

Each of the 11 Trenchcapades™ are available for sale exclusively via L’Cheriyve’s immersive, online shopping portal www.lcheriyve.com.

Owning a Trench coat by L’Cheriyve is unlike any other. It’s about the overall experience and feeling when you slip on one of the made to order coats. So which L’Cheriyve best defines you? I encourage you to head over to the site and let us know which coat you’d wear. I’ll be posting images of mine as soon as I receive it in the mail. I’m dying to share with all of you my review. Be well, be inspired and dress accordingly. 

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-Dana Elizabeth 

The Love Of Fashion With KIN Los Angeles

On March 24th 2013,cool kid LA shopping spot KIN Los Angeles held a charity fundraiser “The Love of Fashion” at their store on Sunset Blvd. to raise awareness for the Lupus Foundation of America. Former America’s Next Top Model contestant and Lupus Foundation of America spokesperson Mercedes Yvette, owner of Rockin Models Grace Lazenby, and KIN Los Angeles founder Darrel Adams joined forces to put on this amazing event to create funds to help find a cure for Lupus.




Guests enjoyed a night of shopping, cocktails, and giving back! Attendees participated in a live auction with all proceeds donated to the foundation. KINLosAngeles.com shoppers can continue to give back by entering discount code “lupus” at checkout for 10% off their purchase.


KIN Los Angeles Founder, Darrel Adams had this to say about the event: “I recently found out that lupus effects 1.5 million Americans, 90% of which are women. Our goal is to get KIN involved with the LFA foundation and assist them with fund raising and public awareness efforts. The KIN staff is excited to be hosting a great event with a wonderful organization.”



What a great charity to get involved with, I am always one for giving back and I love companies that stand behind charities that truly make a difference. Living with a rare disease can be hard, but it makes it easier knowing there are people, and companies such as KIN Los Angeles ready to support those living with a disease like lupus. To learn more about Lupus or to donate visit: http://www.lupus.org

As always, keep it here for more: wordsfromtherunway 

- Dana Elizabeth 

Nikki Lund & Richie Sambora Wow Crowd With Nikki Rich Clothing During Concept Fashion Week

Nikki Rich Clothing, the sister line of White Trash Beautiful designed by Nikki Lund and Richie Sambora showcased their latest collection this week at CONCEPT Fashion Week. The event was held at Siren Studio’s in Hollywood where Lund, was on site to deliver the collection to the public.

The line, which launched in 2010 is a favorite amongst A-list celebrities including; Carrie Underwood, Jon Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Kate Beckinsale, Miley Cyrus, as well as many others. The line is heavily focused on separates with an emphasis on edge. Nikki Rich Clothing has successfully delivered a line that bridges the gap between contemporary-chic and high-end designer labels.

Lund, whom we had a chance to speak with, emphasized the line’s price point. “It’s extremely affordable, washable and wearable. We have designed a collection with items that can be purchased for around a hundred dollars or less. Making fashion available to the majority.”


Lund wore a leather skirt from the collection, looking what we like to call, “edgy-chic” which mirrored the A/W13 Nikki Rich Collection. When asked about the over all aesthetic of the line, Lund responded:  We are proud to deliver a collection that is item driven, it’s trendy but it’s also beyond trend. We think the line is for a woman who wants to feel confident and who wants to feel sexy.”

The brand effortlessly delivered impeccable craftsmanship, beautifully constructed garments that are well designed beyond the lines moderate price point. Staying true to the design duo’s aesthetic, the line was rocker-street, and still managed to offer sophisticated luxury through the lines silhouettes. The military inspired collection offers a blend of well-tailored jackets, tops and bottoms, incorporating leather into the collection as well. The line also delivered slouchy knits, washable silks and artistic prints. The color story was a mix of chocolate browns, warm earth tones adding black and touches of maroon to round out the collection.

Rich in more than color and style, the A/W 13 collection by Nikki Rich Clothing left us speechless, a true crowd favorite and was over all, a well-received collection. Lund and Sambora should be very pleased with the out come, eagerly awaiting to see what this design duo will deliver next season, we’ll be watching.

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-Dana Elizabeth 

Paulie Gibson Menswear Rocks The Runway Los Angeles Style

Haven’t heard of Paulie Gibson? Well you should become well versed with the designer,he recently launched Blue Print his latest collection during Style Fashion Week in downtown Los Angeles. The designer who first showed last season, returned with a very different, very ‘moving’ performance. Blue Print is the designer’s second collection to debut during Style Fashion Week but certainly not his last.

This was such a great show to catch, having met Paulie last season I had the unique opportunity to truly see how is newest collection evolved. Gibson chose to focus heavily on the color blue, and what he likes to call, his own Blue Print for life. The 33-year old designer spoke candidly about his collection, affirming his belief that each of us has our own unique, Blue Print and delivering this collection was part of his. The designer who took some heat over last seasons debut,  doubled his runway show, showcasing 50 different looks,  and adding several elements of surprise.

The runway show began with a full-choreographed opening act that continued throughout the duration of the show. Male dancers sashayed down the catwalk to heart-thumping music sending the crowd into a wild frenzy. The dancers, lights and moves left the crowd screaming, as models traipsed through the choreographed segments stopping midway to strike-a-pose.

Gibson believes in his aesthetic for the line, “the collection is really taking off and I wanted something masculine but also wearable. When I went to design the collection, I really believed that we were building a blue print and I wanted it to be filled with things I’ve never done before. In this way, it would be possible for a man to pull from the collection for any occasion.




The collection was a variety of separates, everything from slacks to tuxedo jackets with contrasting lining, bright blue, and turquoise were the color mainstay of the collection. Gibson chose to incorporate blacks, as well as a variety of prints into the line. Full suits walked the runway; vibrant colors added a dazzling spark to the already illuminated catwalk. Plaids played alongside bold blues, and knit fabrics were paired with woven’s delivering unusual, yet pleasing complete looks.




So what’s next for the designer? You’ll just have to wait and see but Gibson did let us in on a little secret, major online e-commerce site, Zappos just picked up the designer’s collection launching this August. His response to all of the recent changes, “I’m super excited about the launch and feel extremely blessed to be a part of some great experiences; not only with Zappos, but on television as well. “

When we asked the designer where he pictured the ‘Paulie Gibson Customer,’ the designer said none other than Los Angeles, “I think my guy lives in LA, I’ve always loved Los Angeles and believe the Paulie Gibson man is here, in this city. But that’s not to discount other cities across the U.S. as well.” Smiling wide the designer wearing his, soon-to-be signature blue slacks, thanked us for our time and assured us there’d be more from him in the future.

If we had to surmise something tells me this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Paulie Gibson, his collection left not only myself, but the crowd stunned as well. As the lights dimmed, haunting chants of, “Paulie, Paulie…” from back stage echoed in our ears leaving the crowd, myself included inspired. Gibson didn’t just leave an imprint on the runway; he left an imprint in our minds as well, and one that is surely to last long after the final show of the season.

Note: Paulie Gibson’s show was filmed in front of a live crowd for the newest season of ANTM. This season takes a unique turn, following the journey of what it’s like to be a Male Super Model. Make sure to tune in this season. 

As always, Keep it here for more: wordsfromtherunway 

- Dana Elizabeth 

Catherine Malandrino Launches Diffusion Line

So, I’m not sure if any of my readers read about this yet, but I am so excited to share this post with all of you. It’s from last month, I traveled with our team from The Los Angeles Fashion Magazine, to Las Vegas, Nevada for WW/MAGIC. The bi-annual tradeshow provides brands from all over the world an opportunity to descend upon the brightly-lit urban oasis that is Vegas. Split between two venues Mandalay Bay and The Las Vegas Convention Center, WWD/MAGIC and Project tradeshow’s showcase thousands of brands to hopeful buyers and media. Additionally throughout the week guest speakers and well-known industry professionals host seminars providing WWD/MAGIC attendees with a bit of insider’s knowledge.


Catherine Malandrino – Photography by: Kai He 

On the third day of MAGIC the lovely Catherine Malandrino stopped by the Catherine-by-Catherine Malandrino North Hall booth, to unveil her newest venture, Catherine -by-Catherine Malandrino. The diffusion line will carry clothing that caters to the young working professional, she’s the woman who exudes sophistication, but not necessarily the price tag often associated with some other high-end designer labels.


Catherine-Catherine Malandrino Collection – Photography by: Kai He

It was such a great feeling to be able to speak with the world-renowned designer, Catherine Malandrino, she was kind enough to answer a couple of questions about her newest line. When speaking with Catherine about her inspiration for the line, the designer stated, “Catherine, is a line that is effortless. The collection is one that’s designed to be worn very easily. It’s for the young workingwoman that strives for success, a woman who is feminine yet still powerful. She is possibly a woman who will one day transition to the main Catherine Malandrino line.”



Catherine-Catherine Malandrino Collection – Photography by: Kai He

The very strikingly beautiful, and poised Malandrino, looked as effortlessly chic and put together as the collection itself. Catherine stated that the line, even though might be considered a diffusion line of the Catherine Malandrino Collection, Catherine-by-Catherine Malandrino still embodied all of the elements that make up the main collection. “This collection is more about an attitude, it’s about refinement, it’s very French, strong with a great mix of fabrics. The silhouettes are very clean, precise cuts that accentuate a woman’s figure. It’s an everyday strong type of attitude to really help propel our customer forward in life.”image

Catherine Malandrino and Managing Editor Dana Elizabeth – Photography Kai He

Browsing through the collection, I gathered that it’s very much sophisticated, but still manages to portray a young-vibrant aesthetic. The color story ranged from cool grays, to bright blues. Adding varying shades of brown and mustard-yellow to the collection finished off the line nicely. With the success that is the original Catherine Malandrino Collection, there is no telling just how successful the diffusion line will be…however something tells me it’s going to do very well.


If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to do so yet, I encourage you to also check out www.thelosangelesfashion.com where you can find several other articles written by yours truly, also feel free to subscribe to our newsletter and get ready as our March issue is hitting Apple Newsstands today! 

Thanks and remember to keeep it here for more: wordsfromtherunway 

- Dana Elizabeth 


Los Angeles, Ca. January 14th -Introducing a new line of luxury handbags, for the discerning women who believes it’s in the details; it’s in the look and feel that makes the bag. ‘Favorite-Paris-NY’ is the new ‘it’ bag of the year. A clutch in bold color, made from supple Python. What’s unique about ‘Favorite’ is the possibility of making it truly ‘your own’ with your choice of Python color, and unique flower accents that define each bag. Thus allowing a woman to personalize her bag, so each is unique as the woman who owns it.

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Elodie Baude, Head Designer and Founder finds inspiration from her love of fashion and her personal experience with exclusive brands such as, (LVMH, Ines de la Fressange, Jean-Charles de Castelbaljac and Tod’s). The idea stemmed from one simple problem that always seemed to elude the designer, she never had that ‘perfect-evening bag’ the kind that easily travels well, and goes with everything. So she designed her own. Thus delivering a bag so unique, with it’s multi functionality, an underarm bag which is easy to carry wherever and goes with anything. The clutch is the perfect bag for any occassion, whether it be a shopping spree with friends or glamorous evening out, the “Favorite” bag complements any look. It offers an ideal solution for all the essential items and papers that a woman cannot do without.

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For Elodie’s first collection, fittingly titled, “FIRST” the designer combined her past experience, and design aesthetic while incorporating support from the top industry professionals and players in the field. The collection is available in an incredibly wide range of colors to choose from, 16 different python skins to choose from enabling the customer to literally design the bag of their dreams.

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All, “Favorite” accessories are 100% French and reflects a modern meets contemporary style. Proving that no woman could possibly resist owning her very own “Favorite” bag.

For more information please visitwww.favorite-parisny.com     Twitter: twitter.com/FAVORITEPARISNY

-Dana Elizabeth