Downtown L.A.’s Vibiana Hall was packed with stylists, buyers, celebrities, and press eager to see GenArt’s Fresh Faces in Fashion show last night. Known for discovering and showcasing emerging local talent in fashion, film, music, and visual arts, GenArt showcased three vibrant and unique lines: Shaina Mote, CRYBABY Presents, and Korovilas. Mary Fanaro also made a runway appearance to promote OmniPeace, a celebrity-supported fashion brand working to break the cycle of poverty in Africa.
Los Angeles native Shaina Mote’s self-named line is defined by its combination of minimalist shapes and colors with clever accents. Knots, buttons, and hemming or cutouts to tastefully expose the midriff were amongst the line’s most prominent detailing. The chic and timeless look created with the spring/summer 2013 collection was a strong, crowd-pleasing start.
Angeleno designing duo Lisa Ziven and Dakota Solt of CRYBABY Presents sent various skirt and exposed midriff top pairings down the runway (we’ve noticed it’s an ongoing trend). CRYBABY stood out by bringing a burst of color and creativity to the catwalk. Their desire to show their playful side materialized in a retro “Lolita tea party” aesthetic that had the audience so engaged that those further back strained their heads to get a full view. In an exclusive interview, both designers revealed that their intriguing runway accessories were either personal items, such as Dakota’s embroidered Indian parasols, or items from the CRYBABY homeware collection (Kontraho jewelry and fishbone pillow used as a ‘handbag’ available online.)
To close the show, Maria Korovilas brought her personal belief in “waking up and throwing on a dress” to whimsical reality. Her spring 2013 collection “Girl on the Run” is an anthology of elegant dresses that speak to a classical, if not surreal, time. Contrast grounds a fairy princess look (achieved by headbands, blown out curls, and the prevalence of peach and green hues) in modern materials and shapes. Geometric metal bracelets, delicate chains, and leather belt detailing also add edge and dimension to the dresses made of lace and sheer flowing fabric.
Photographs courtesy of Trixie Pacis.