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Imagine walking into a dim-lit, moody room. Everywhere you look there are various fashionably dramatic and fabulous people–some followed by cameras, others in dark corners standing around like they know all eyes are on them, and some networking chit-chatting away with everyone. Oh, and lets not forget, Kat Von D is sitting in front row as well as Project Runway’s Kit Scarbo (formerly Kit Pistol). 

Now, whoever it was that said that L.A. doesn’t need a fashion week clearly wasn’t at last night’s Exchange LA show featuring one of L.A’s best, my friend, Ashton Hirota’s Ashton Michael S/S 2011 collection.

The eco-friendly line consisted of gothy-punky staples such as low slung trousers, suspender details, shreds,  and an overall androgynous, gender-free aesthetic. My personal favorite look is the pair of trousers with the woven detail (left, in photo above). Sure the styling is a bit drastic, but add a delicate tank underneath, accessorize it with a killer heel and you’ve got for an amazingly chic but tough look.

Stay tuned for photographs and more of  Skingraft and Anthony Franco collections, who also partook in yesterdays show.

I have to say, hands down last nights events proved to be one of the more enjoyable ones I’ve had in these past two weeks.

for more on Ashton Michael visit  www.ashtonmichael.com

[Writers note: this is a repost of on of my favorite articles from my old blog, please enjoy]

With much buzz and speculation about the new documentary by R.J. Cutler chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue, I simply had to take a look. It all takes place within the framework of putting together the magazine’s September publication, traditionally the largest of the year–hence rightfully titled “The September Issue.”

 I have to admit, much of my interest about this documentary came from my fascination with the film “The Devil Wears Prada” in which Wintour was fictionalized as Miranda Priestly– the cold, cutthroat, and always decisive editor-in-chief of Runway Magazine. Whether or not the story line and characters were based on real life people has never quite been confirmed by the original mind that inspired the film, author Lauren Weisberger, it’s hard to not notice the similarities; down to the uncanny resemblance Miranda Priestly’s office has to that of Anna Wintour’s real life Vogue office.

 Taste in decor and bitchy demeanor aside, “The September Issue” is a more humanized look at life at a fashion magazine, and the work that goes into the creation of an issue–the biggest one of the year. It’s safe to say that there are some “…am I the only one attending this run-through?” and “Where is my Starbucks?” moments, however the film goes well beyond that. We see a look into Wintour’s huge extracurricular projects such as a fashion fund for up and coming American designers and a meetings with C.E.O.s of companies like Neiman Marcus to try and make the world of fashion and its people better. It shows the passion, dedication, and hard work that goes into the creation of fashion in as a whole.

Even more impressive is how vulnerable Wintour actually allows herself to be as she let cameras into her home life, and speaks openly about her father and siblings who she says are “…probably amused…” with her line of work. When producers asked her daughter if she would ever work for a magazine she responds with “…there are other things out there,” and refers to fashion as “a weird industry…” Wintour instead of opting to comment further tilts her head, simply smiles, shrugs, and looks to the side.

It’s safe to say that the look inside Vogue would not have been the same without Wintour’s colleauge, Grace Coddington. Coddington is the magazine’s creative director and is in charge of the majority of photo shoots. This former model—who worked at British Vogue and Calvin Klein before starting at American Vogue on the same day as Wintour—is often described as a “genius,” including by Wintour herself. Despite the show of appreciation there is and undeniable tension between the two. At one point in the film, Coddington counsels a junior editor who just endured one of Wintour’s infamous word lashings, “Don’t be too nice, not even to me, because you’ll lose. You have to beat your way through.” Evidently that’s just what Coddington has done. The feisty, flame-haired visionary admits that both she and Wintour are stubborn, adding, “I know when to stop pushing her…she doesn’t know when to stop pushing me.” One of the greatest scenes in the movie comes when the two share a long, awkward, silent elevator ride together on the way to visit Jean Paul Gaultier, saying only mere words to each other. One might think the only reason these two tolerate each other is for the magazine. However, there is a clear respect for one another.

 From story boards, run-throughs, re-shoots, and edits its clear that fashion is never boring and hardly as dense as some might think it to be. There is much to be said about Anna Wintour and the fashion world. Some bash it others worship it. Despite all of that Wintour puts it best in saying, “Fashion is not about looking back, it’s about looking forward.”

Not quite the type of “T” you sip on, but rather the kind you wear, which is even better, right?

 There’s been much hype about Mr. Wang’s new secondary line focused on women‘s and men‘s basics, rightfully named T by Alexander Wang, so I had to check it out. A few seasons late, yes, but nevertheless fashionably so. And may I say, I’m officially infatuated.

 Wang has proven to be quite an ingenious designer, with an incredible vision, always making the classics au courant.

 Ok, sure the focus of the fashion world for the last more-than-a-few seasons has been on this “classics with a twist” thing but Wang does it in a way that only he could do, which goes beyond altering hem lines and reconstructing silhouettes. He actually goes beyond reinventing and transcends into innovating. Managing to make the most simple piece of clothing such as a t-shirt so special.

At first you might think to yourself, “Oh it’s just a t-shirt line, what‘s so special about it?” Well, Wang says it best, “You layer it, you build your foundation around it, you sleep in it, you wake up the next day and throw your pieces over it.” (ponystep.com) So what really is so special about it? You literally live your life in one! Whether its worn go to the grocery store, on a date, now-a-days perhaps even an interview, or to break a sweat during a dance class; it’s multifaceted. And that’s what Wang’s focus is on, creating clothes that even the everyday person who knows nothing about fashion can wear while keeping it current.

“…that’s always the challenge, to find solutions to the changing lifestyle.” says Wang, (thelast-magazine.com).

 This Fall, T continues to define “must have” as it expands beyond t-shirts and tanks to include sweatshirt and wool blazers, low-slung pants that resemble long underwear, denim jackets, hooded ponchos, ankle-length knit dresses, and plenty of lean, layerable knits. Many details, such as velvet paneling on a wireless bra or leather trim on a jumpsuit, echo Wang’s fall runway show, inevitably taking this “basics” collection into new territory. What’s in store for the men’s collection? There’s been no word on a F/W follow-up, so lets keep our fingers crossed and hope to see it back for “T” in the Spring.

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