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Rochelle Robinson grew up in the Pacific Northwest immersed in the performance, musical, and fine arts, as well as athletics – from skiing in the water to skiing in the sleet and snow, to cycling around the velodrome. While studying fine art and the musical genre of jazz at the University of Washington she put both her passion for and experience in the arts into helping to create the Washington State Academic Achievement Standards for the Arts by serving on both the Arts and Standards Revision committees. She later completed a Master of Arts in Teaching at The University of Puget Sound and Master of Arts in Liberal Arts at St. John's College Graduate Institute. As an aspiring artist, as well as an educator, she is still intrigued by the creative process and what ensues as a result. Currently, she is developing a poetry blog called A Writer's Space and has co-written both a children's picture book and pilot for a children's TV show. Rochelle also works as an elementary school librarian and advanced reading teacher for a small private school in the valley. She is in the midst of developing a new business named Watercolor Weddings by Rochelle and is developing a series of paintings and conceptual artworks, the first of which is currently on display at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood. She hopes to inspire Miss A readers to explore, experience and get involved, as she sets out to bring a touch of the literary, fine and performing arts that are happening here in Los Angeles to our readers.

Recap: iiJin’s The Love Revolution Fashion Show At Avalon Hollywood

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Debbie Gibson, Brian Friedman and Layla Kayleigh-Covino take their bow at iiJin “The Love Revolution” fashion show (photo credit: Igor Spektor)

On April 5th the historic night club and music venue, Avalon Hollywood, was thwarted into a supportive and ecstatic frenzy for iiJin’s “The Love Revolution” Fall/Winter 2013 fashion show and the mix of pop celebrities and LA’s top models that worked the runway to showcase the mod military and flirty wares of this season’s collection. Styled by Jodi Freeman of JOLI Image Consulting with hair and makeup artistry created by s/he’s so the crew not only exuded style but beauty on the catwalk.

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House of Kaya bucket drummers at iiJin fashion show (photo credit: Andy Halbeck)

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DJ Kid Fish spins at iiJin “The Love Revolution” fashion show (photo credit: Andy Halbeck)

While House of Kayla kicked out some wicked beats on their bucket drums over the jams of DJ Kid Fish, recording star and pop icon Debbie Gibson, MTV personality/TV host Layla Kayleigh Covino, celebrity director and choreographer Brian Friedman, along with a myriad of hot models, strutted out a love story on the stage of lost, unrequited and ultimately embraced love. The celebrity studded crowd danced and cheered in their seats from the introductions to the final bow with Russian Standard Vodka, DAMA Tequila, and Monster Energy drinks, as well as gourmet snacks from Pretzel Crisps in hand.

American Idol alumni Diana DeGarmo, Ace Young, Lee DeWyze and Kimberly Caldwell couldn’t get enough of models Monique Peck, Joy Dai, Kelli Ford, Jennifer Lee and Raymanda Smith busting moves down the runway. And when Brian Friedman indulged us in his fierce “soldier of love” footwork wearing iiJin’s sweet version of an army coat the whole crowd went totally berserk.

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models Joi, Jennifer, Imani and Meron with iiJin design duo June Lee and Cassian Lau in center (photo credit: Albert Evangelista)

Other stars cheering on “The Love Revolution” fashion show included Alicia Lagano, Alli Simpson, Carly Steel, Carmit Bachar, Chelsea Ricketts, Daphne Wayans, Daniel Joseph Baker, Edwin Hodge, Erin Cahill, James Kyson, Julianna Rose, Kate Linder, Kyle Massey, Leigh Koechner, Leslie Birkland, Mayte Garcia, Misha Crosby, Natalie Lander and more.

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Raymanda rocks the iiJin runway (photo credit: Igor Spektor)

With a grunge rocker attitude and glam sensibility, iiJin (pronounced e-jean) cut into the US scene from Hong Kong in October of 2012 during LA Fashion Week and has continued to make an incredible imprint ever since. iiJin caught on with celebrities backstage at the MTV Movie Awards, the BET Awards, The Teen Choice Awards and MTV’s hit show “Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew.” iiJin has been featured on “EXTRA” with host Mario Lopez twice, on The Insider”, on Perez Hilton’s fashion site CocoPerez.com , on E!’s MyStyle.com and in the pages of OK! Magazine, US Weekly and J-14 Magazine. Pop-Star Carly Rae Jepsen wore iiJin shoes while performing at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards and at the televised Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the US Open.

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Layla Kayleigh on the iiJin runway (photo credit: Igor Spektor)

iiJin’s 2013 “The Love Revolution” collection features metallic and quilted high and low-top combat boots embellished with metal grommets, studs and a signature extra 2-5 inch invisible wedge. Inspired stylistically by Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” iiJin’s creative director June Lee, has created a collection of street fashion with a military flair, including bedazzled jackets, colorful down and streamlined coats, and studded knitwear. She also incorporates a complementary series of flirty romantic dresses and rompers inspired by the love of the 60’s complete with lace and heart cutouts. Her goal: to have all of her iiJin’s fans experience love and happiness when wearing her line.

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Kendall on iiJin “The Love Revolution” runway (photo credit: Igor Spektor)

And, many are wearing June Lee’s iiJin wares and loving it. The red carpet was packed as stars decked out in iiJin came out to celebrate the brand’s new collection. Brittany Ross and Natalie Lander from ABC’s hit show “The Middle” rocked iiJin’s cropped tuxedo jacket and silk dress. Carmit Bachar, formerly of the GRAMMY nominated Pussycat Dolls, came out to support her friend Brian Friedman looking stunning in iiJin’s royal blue coat and leopard print super high tops. Brian’s cheering section in the front row also included rock icon Tommy Lee, dance music artist Sofi Toufa, Carmit Bachar and award winning choreographer Dave Scott.

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Zef showers Debbie Gibson in rose petals (photo credit: Igor Spektor)

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iiJin creative directors Cassian Lau and June Lee take a bow (Photo Credit: Igor Spektor)

iiJin, meaning “precious” in Korean, makes a point of making each piece a work of art and it seems that the vision of iiJin is for each of us to appreciate one another as a piece of art as well. For “The Love Revolution” fashion show employed a hope and purpose for a massive shift in consciousness towards love. The team holds to the belief that if everyone becomes an ambassador of love then our world will be a better place. Share in the love and get your iiJin digs. “The Love Revolution” collection is hot, bold and lovely.

 

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American Idols Lee DeWyze, Diana Degarmo and Ace Young (Photo Credit: Andy Halbeck)

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Jasmine blowing a kiss on the catwalk for iiJin “The Love Revolution” fashion show (Photo Credit: Igor Spektor)

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iiJin’s models Jennifer, Meron and Imani in Russian Standard Vodka photo booth (Photo Credit: Igor Spektor)

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iiJin design duo Cassian Lau and June Lee on the red carpet (Photo Credit: Albert Evangelista)

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Brian Friedman on the iiJin “The Love Revolution” catwalk (Photo Credit: Albert Evangelista)

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