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LA Fashion Week: Camelia Skikos

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This is my first ever LA fashion week show I’ve ever attended where I wasn’t on the runway. And I am so overly excited to be invited back and this time on the sidelines as ‘press’, which makes me sound really fancy. And I'm really not that fancy tb completely h, but having my first fashion week as a blogger rather than being someone's walking mannequin is invigorating.

This was also my first ever concept show I’ve been to, which was quite the experience. Usually during runway shows it’s hard to see the details on garments; there are models that are walking way too fast because the only thing that’s on their mind is how fast they have to change into their next look and how they’re going to get their bright white silk blouse over their head without smearing their foundation onto their neckline (I’ve been there).  I attended Camelia Skikos for Concept Fashion Week, and since LA fashion week isn’t really recognized as a global phenomenon (except Tom Ford having participating this year I think will be a game changer) it isn’t always common for you to be familiar with the designers. But on the contrary this wasn’t my first time hearing about Camelia Skikos, and after watching her show she is definitely a name you have to know. Camelia has quiet the resume. From working for luxurious brands throughout London to being the head designer of Levi Strauss in San Francisco. Camelia launched her line in 2010, and the following year won San Francisco Fashion Award for Best Women’s Wear Designer. Her pieces are geometrically configured; looking at her past collections the best way I could describe it in comparison is that it has a similar modern feel like Alexander Wang if he wasn’t voluntarily color blind (I’m aware that not everything Wang is black and white, but it kinda seems like it). For her concept show, models would parade out then stand still for periods of time so you could really examine the apparel. Camelia used a greyscale color palette with a splash of metallics to add some luster. I feel that her pieces are special and extraordinary because they look so clean-cut even if they are asymmetrical. My favorite pieces actually came out of the men’s line. It takes a certain brand for me to look at a men’s wear garment and think to myself: “I would totally wear that.” And coming from a girly girl (I wouldn't usually classify myself as a girly girl but my dad would say that I totally am) like myself, it just shows that these pieces were that amazing.

And one of the best parts about her line is it is all designed and made in this pretty city, Los Angeles. The event was sponsored by this new app called Fyuse, which I then caught myself downloading and talking multiple selfies with my fellow blogger gal pals.  I’m so happy I got to be a guest for this show; I can’t wait to see it come out this Fall! Check out her collections: www.cameliaskikos.com