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Recap: Fashion Week – Driven By Design In Los Angeles

Model-Sam-Rea-Dena-Burtons-Collection-Driven-By-Design-2013-Photo Credit: Melissa-Curtin

Los Angeles Friday October 4th, 2013. The DRIVEN BY DESIGN LA production team and LA Fashion Alumni from the Institute of Fashion Design and Merchandising (FIDM) kicked off this year’s Los Angeles Fashion Week.

Focusing on prominent Los Angeles fashion designers, interior designers, beauty, grooming and automotive brands, attendees celebrated the opening of  a week long Los Angeles fashion experience in a unique atmosphere and connected design connoisseurs and consumers into the L.A. life “Driven by Design”. Producing team Lela Christine of Fab Five Lifestyle Magazine and Lori A. Neal of Diamond Interiors of L.A. hosted a design consortium experience, where media, celebrity talent, buyers and corporate executives came together for a new fashion galore in Los Angeles this fall.

Driven by Design’s media show introduced jewels by local designers such as Sara Horne, Karla Lopez and Paula Bennet. Models promoted jewels along beautiful dress designs to show how jewels can change your entire look when appropriately. Later in the evening, guests enjoyed a runway show which opened with music by artist Malina Moy. Credits for the songstress include a feature in the UK documentary Stratmaster. The Greatest Guitar Story Ever Told, while Guitar World Magazine named her the “female Jimi Hendrix” and one of the top 10 female guitarists to know.

Followed by the opening presentation, the audience had a treat when designer Dena Burton shared her Spring/Summer 2014 collection with sexy, smart, and carefree pieces all about the trendsetter experience. The woman who wears her collection is serious about business, works hard, and places her focus on showing off her favorite DBC apparel in the French Riviera, Italy, or an evening yacht in Nice, France. All for the modern/ sexy business guru.

Dena Burton Collection Driven By design LA 2013 Photo Credit: Melissa Curtin

Dena Burton’s Collection – Driven By design LA 2013
(Photo Credit: Melissa Curtin)

After Dena’s collection, Los Angeles based designer, BK Phillips followed with fashion with function. His line allows movement, comfort, and the incorporation of useful details while connecting a feel of the past with his utilitarian blast of the future. BK stormed into fashion design after years of making his own clothing. BK’s Vintage Military Gear (VMG) jackets and bags are one of a kind, a kind of functional fashion of military gear with soul.

Next in line was Dominique Siby. He discovered his dream of being a high-end fashion designer in the small central African country of Gabon. Born and raised in Libreville Gabon, Africa, Dominique brought his passion to Los Angeles fashion week showcasing clothing for confident men on the move yet savvy and stylish, poised to become an international fashion staple ranking amongst Dolce &Gabana, Prada  and other fashion houses.

Last but not least, the collection of Thai Nguyen closed the show mesmerizing the audience with stunning designs known for his convertible evening gown creations. Also a fashion designer/contributor on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 and currently working with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Adrienne Maloof, and Brandi Glanville.

BK Phillips Designs- Driven By Design LA  2013 Photo Credit: Melissa Curtin

BK Phillips Designs- Driven By Design LA 2013 Photo Credit: Melissa Curtin

The designer runway presentations, intertwined with emerging designer installations created a distinctive fashion experience. Los Angeles fashion designers, interior designers, and natural beauty captivated fans of fashion and style, who attended the LA Fashion week opening event show Driven by Design LA.

About the Creator/Event Producers, Lela Christine: Lela Christine is a seasoned magazine publisher, journalist, fashion designer, marketing, and event planning professional. Currently, Style Editorial Director at Fab Five Lifestyle Magazine, Lela’s overall vision for Driven by Design’s concept was to bring fashion designers, interior designers, and great brands together as one force. Lori A. Neal, Principal at Diamond Interiors L.A. created the signature “Eye Candy” venue layout for the fashion runway, Lori established Diamond Interiors LA in 1999 and built the firm to service an exclusive and diverse clientele. The firm’s approach is to provide a concierge service of a boutique firm with a diverse spectrum of design knowledge and experience over a particular style.

Driven By Design 2013 Thai Nguyen & collection Models. Photo Credit: CA Apparel News

Driven By Design 2013
Thai Nguyen & collection Models. Photo Credit: CA Apparel News

Official partners included: L.A. Mart Design Center, PORSCHE, Perrier (Perrier.com), Diamond Interior L.A. (DiamondInteriorsLa.com), Monster Energy Drink (MonsterEnergy.com), Fab Five Lifestyle Magazine (FabFiveLifestyle.com), Ice Cream Sundae Divas , (SundaeDivas.com), Barbizon (Barbizon.com) Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CoffeeBean.com), Jalisco Mobile Taco Grill (JaliscosMobileTacoGrill.com), Saffron Spot (SaffronSpot.com), Miss Jessie’s (MissJessies.com), Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics (NapoleonPerdis.com) Brambila Salon (BrambilaSalon.com).
Dillon Wells (DillonWells.com), Bliss Studio (BlissStudio.com), Bassman Blaine (Bassman-Blaine.com) and more….

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