Sunday, December 22, 2013

Pasadena Runway Show.

Pasadena Runway Show November 24th 2013: Beauty Art Fashion (The Launch Party) debuted its first catwalk presented by Parris Harris.  Wella Professionals produced the event, which also featured a professional styling team from Brenton Lee Salon. Time to sell the garments!

It was an evening of beauty and glamour.  Crowds gathered at the outdoor courtyard at Brenton Lee Salon, in Pasadena, to take in the event. 

Here’s a look at some of the stylish people who showed up at the event.

 There were so many designers with varying fashion aesthetics and countless hairstyles.  The styling team revealed the top hair trends on the runway with hair styling presentations.  The Host of the evening was the talented Brenton Lee who opened up the show doing a variety of hair styling looks.  

These looks were all about texture and gravity defying structures.

There was literally a beautiful bob out there for every face-shape with a mix of multi-tonal highlights.  

Check out this parade of fantastic bob hairstyles.

Braided and roped buns were especially dominant with jaw-dropping styles for the Haute Couture Collections.

 Most of the designers were showcasing jewelry designs by Carol Lynn Sweets Jewelry.  
They have endless combinations of unique pieces. These beauties are all handcrafted and they also do custom-made pieces.  Some of the proceeds from the featured jewelry went to various charities. The purpose of this organization is to educate, prevent and find a cure for AIDS. 

Check out their featured jewelry.

It was a long collective collaboration of various L.A. based designers debuting their collections. 

Check out some of the collections.

Courtney Allegra, she’s a beautiful 16 year-old Designer and Entrepreneur that aims to bring fun and boldness.  We saw simplistic sexy silhouettes that tie in with the slew of geometric shapes and colorful bold prints that popped magnetic fun on the runway.

Brit Boy Fashions a London/ USA based label. 

Designer Brian Terry 

Bringing us sexy edgy, quirky fashion on the runway.  They remind me of pop killer but with  London aesthetics.  We are also excited about their latest fashion line for men, called F.R.E.D.

A line of tees exploring the punk subculture with a line of rogue punk graphics.

VP Styles by Victor's Promise, we saw sexy provocative men's apparel. 

Check out their tees.

The premier source for quality men's apparel, underwear, sleepwear, swimwear and upscale loungewear.

Sneak Peek an enthusiastic youthful label worth keeping in mind.  Giving us an alternative rival of the unisex androgynous silhouettes.  It's a new line that's just starting and is more about edgy punk casual looks.  Mixing different styles to create unique ones.

The stand out pieces included a pair of men's trousers modified to a halter short jumpsuit. 

Mans collar plaid shirt modified to a dress to fit the female form. 

A pair of Unisex draped sweats and white studded sweater. 

T&R Clothing is a new label which featured a collection of couture evening dresses, which leaned heavely on the slim fit.  The gowns had pops of highlights on the necklines made of fur and feathers.

 Check out some of the gowns.

Sumie Tashibana, one of the highlights of the night, displayed conceptualized gowns on the runway.  The collection brought a lot Asian patterned constructed designs.  The inspiration for every dress is a mixture of Samurai armor and Victorian modern gothic aesthetics, with a balance of soft and firm fabrics. 

Check out some of the thoughtful experimental gowns.

Love her unique line of accessories check out the amazing pieces.

Martini Styles I wanted to show a ready to wear collection that reflected modern Rock Roll cuts. 
Black became the theme thru the designing process of the collection.  The looks: Refined silhouettes that are deceptively simple, yet sophisticated. 

Galeano Designs had a classic feel to her collection.  The soft satin clashed with organza fabrics, they were dreamy in an artistic fashionable way. 

The gowns were summer fresh, in a romantic sense.

Had a classy touch of soft fabrics.

There were gowns and evening dresses galore, many of which truly captured the meaning of beauty & art.  It was an illustrious runway.  

Thanks to Brenton Lee and Parris Harris for bringing us the Pasadena Runway Show.

Friday, December 13, 2013

The New 60's

I'm doing a Modern take on 60's Mod.  My inspiration is from the playful side of the 60's in bold geometrics shapes and bright colors with a-line skirts.


The look is sexy, colorful and youthful. I also wanted to play with more elegant garments that display a sci-fi chic aesthetic merged with a futuristic look. 


The1960's Mod fashion was in the spotlight, as a fashion trend, in Spring 2013 for modern women by designers like Michael Kors, Moschino and Louis Vuiton. I hope this MOD revival continues and I plan to make the most of it.

 Check out  the Mod Force s/s 2013 for more Mod 60's fashion looks from featured designers.

My favorite look

If you would like to incorporate this style into your own, please check out the article below.  It gives you an insight by detailing the elements you should look for.

Finally the "60s are coming back."

Sunday, December 1, 2013

DTLA Collision of Art and Fashion.

Los Angeles, I love this place and DTLA is my favorite part of city.  DTLA is the heart of the Fashion Industry, this is where all the wholesalers, retailers and manufactures sell their goods to the open public and merchandisers.  I've worked in the Fashion Industry for over a decade holding various positions such as Production Assistant, Sales and Showroom Coordinator.

Over the years many artists have moved from the suburbs to the historic buildings that have been converted to lofts and condominiums.  As a result, a lot street art is flourishing all over the city, which I welcome.  Check out the DTLA Art Walk.

My Outfit.

 Overall Skirt friend gave it to me.
Black & White striped shirt design by Sandi Martini :)
Thigh-high Socks Urban Outfitters.

Places I frequent in DTLA:

Hive Art Gallery :)  Lots of quality Art.

Syrup Desserts Famous for their waffles, sundaes and hot chocolate.

The California Mart  Samples, sales and showrooms.  Public samples opening every last Friday of every month,  my shopping secret for inexpensive goods. Hours 10am to 2pm.

Fabric District This is where I buy my fabric at wholesale prices. 

The Santee Alleys Shopping, love love love it.    

The Last Book Store Pure awesoness, great books at a fair price.

Central Library Gorgeous library.  Notable art and architecture to be found in this Library.
I used to spend hours there during my college and teenage years, so many memories. :)

Little Tokyo Great small area!  For shopping I recommend Popkiller and Daikokuya for Ramen noodles.

 Pie hole Best place for pies.

Don't forget to check out the Art District

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

PASADENA RUNWAY "The Launch "* NOV 24 2013

You're invited

Finally, the time has come I will be Presenting Martini Styles 
11/24 in Pasadena
This is my first Runway-show showcasing my designs. 
I'm thrilled and I'm looking forward to see you guys. Free entry. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

My Fav NYFW 2014 SPRING Ready to wear collection Part 2.

                                    Ralph Lauren SPRING 2014 READY-TO-WEAR

I was delighted to watch this collection since my favorite fashion era is the 60's.
Ralph Lauren gave us his take on the sixties with this Spring Collection which brought a lot of white & black contrast and knee high socks.

He also did  halfway transition to bright colors like lime green, acid yellow and neon orange.

                                   Rachel Zoe SPRING 2014 READY-TO-WEAR

The collection had a lot of safari looks with one or two abstracted giraffe-print pieces. 
                                    We also saw Bomber jackets and cargo pants.

                            Betsey Johnson SPRING 2014 READY-TO-WEAR

Her shows are always so fun to watch, always youthful and colorful. I recommend streaming her runway shows for those who haven't seen one. The collection brought a lot of eighties inspired designs.  Loved the cotton candy colored wigs and silver lipstick.         

                                   Michael Kors SPRING 2014 READY-TO-WEAR

This collection was 40's office inspired the collection brought khaki skirts, brown pleated dresses with python detailing.  A lot of tailored outfits. 

   Additional Spring looks were pinup-girl bikinis and summer leaf print dresses. 

                                      Marchesa SPRING 2014 READY-TO-WEAR

                   AHH so romantic! Lots of romantic lace with lingerie inspired silhouettes. 

Robert Rodriguez Spring 2014 READY-TO-WEAR

I'm simply inspired by this collection.  It had a lot of minimal, super clean cuts that I found truly enchanting. The looks were cool, luxirous and commercial which in my opinion is not easy to  achieved when creating a line. It's really Good! :) Haha he's an LA Designer.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

My Fav NYFW 2014 SPRING Ready to wear collection Part 1

Kate Spade New York Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

She's one of my favorite designers, the collection had an early-sixties feel to it. 

My favorite look from this collection is the navy blue skater dress with a halter neckline—a thick white zipper up the front and the carrie racing flag-inspired checkerboard box clutch.

Oscar De La Renta Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Just lovely, all around.
Vivid silk faille party dresses, embroidered with crystals, and a multicolor botanical printed on top of a polka dot.  As cheery as can be.

                                          Nicole Miller Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

     The looks were artfully arranged, resembling shards of broken glass.  There was large                                                       amounts of colors and embellishments.

Cushnie et Ochs Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

The collection was very slick.  Loved the cutouts and skintight-ness.  :)

Sally LaPointe Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection 

Multiple materials and layers were at play.  I liked the long jersey tuxedo dress layered over the neck collar.

Christian Siriano Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection 
Siriano went with a garden party theme.

                                Prabal Gurung Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

 For Spring, his muse was Marilyn Monroe and I especially enjoyed the new eccentric take on the classic cat eye glasses.

1950's inspired fitted dresses, pants and pencil skirts.

Alexandre Herchcovitch Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

The designer had a variety of silhouettes, mini dresses and slim cropped trousers with sheer overskirts.  Loved the zebra stripes and black lace.

                                             Lacoste Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

          This collection was sexy with tennis aesthetics.  Loved the stripes of solid and sheer. 

                                         Mara Hoffman Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

"There's a Rainbow Warrior moment happening here," she said backstage before her spirited Spring show.  So many graphic serpent patterns. Lots of maxi dresses and sheer embellished colored arcs.  Other standouts in the lineup included tie-dyed jumpsuits, intarsia-knit ponchos and a pair of short shorts cut from artisanal Guatemalan belts—the same ones wrapped around the models.

                                                L.A.M.B. Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

                Cool biker jackets and cargo track pants toughened up with hardware accents.

                                            Jill Stuart Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

                            Lots of ready to wear pieces.  They were very cool, I liked them all.

                                              Ralph Rucci Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Lots of couture looks but a bit more casual.  The materials used were python, gazer and organza.  Only the finest couture materials were used in this collection.

                                        Kaelen Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

               All the looks were slim, color-blocked with high collars and strong shoulders. 

Stay tuned, part 2 of NYFW coming soon.

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