BEHIND-THE-SCENES AT A RUNWAY FASHION SHOW

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to produce a runway fashion show? This week Posh at Play goes behind-the-scenes at two of the biggest fashion events for L.A. Fashion Week. You will see what happens behind the curtain at FIDM’s Debut Runway Show, L.A.’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Then we’ll meet model Ella Garcia and take a peek at the new collections from Hale Bob, Sue Wong, Nicole Miller and several other designers at the exclusive Project Ethos Fashion Event.

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THE DESIGNERS

All fashion shows begin in the designer’s creative mind. Most designers start with a theme, certain pattern or favorite color and build upon that idea. Designers spend hours sketching their clothing designs out on paper  and then begin to gather favorite fabrics and accessory materials. Together with their creative team, designers begin to bring their drawings to life. After countless hours, a designer’s “collection” is complete.

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At this year’s FIDM Debut Runway show in L.A., designer Daniel Henson was inspired from his trip to Africa and used actual photographs he took with his camera as patterns for his clothing collection.

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Designer Samantha Sneed combined two favorite looks, Equestrian and Americana, to create a unique menswear for women collection.

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THE COLLECTION

After a “collection” is complete, models are fitted with the clothing pieces that the designer chooses to highlight in the show. Adjustments are made, and the designer’s creative ideas are now ready to be displayed for the audience and fashion critics from around the world. It’s an exciting moment to see the designer’s concept brought to life on each of the models.

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REHEARSAL

A few days before the show, there is a rehearsal or “run through” with the models, designers, and entertainers. Fashion shows usually take place in a huge warehouse which is decorated with risers for the general audience, VIP seating for honored guests, a long runway, a backstage for the models and entertainers, and top of the art sound and lighting equipment. For FIDM, the set up and rehearsals required 7-8 hours spread over 4 days prior to the show. Though everyone is exhausted, there is also an exciting momentum building for the day of the show.

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MAKE UP AND HAIR

After thousands of hours of work, the show day arrives. For the FIDM Debut, the crew and makeup and hair teams arrive in the morning for last minute set up. The models and designers begin to arrive mid-afternoon to prepare for the evening show. Entertainers also arrive to get their hair and makeup done to suit the designer’s style. FIDM used hairstylists from Paul Mitchell and makeup artists from Napoleon to design the models looks.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Each Fashion Show usually starts with a celebrity entertainer or a musical presentation. At the FIDM Debut, entertainers danced to a collection of Hollywood Musicals from “Mame” to “Hello Dolly” to “Sister Act.” Throughout the Show,  upbeat pop music plays as the models walk the runway in order to enhance the designer’s clothing and create an exciting atmosphere.

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THE RUNWAY

The fashion show begins as each designer’s collection is presented by the runway models. The designer only chooses select pieces that represent the desired theme.

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A sea of photographers set up their cameras at the end of the runway to capture each of one of the designer’s styles. The photos are then sent to fashion magazines and publications around the world.

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So what is it like being a runway model? At L.A.’s Fashion Week, we caught up with rising runway model Ella Garcia. Ella is 17 years old and already in high demand with L.A. designers. She modeled for more designers than any other model in her agency, and though still young, she is poised and ready to hit the big time. She plans to move to New York City in the summer and hopefully, be picked up by a top modeling agency. Her dream is to become an international high fashion runway model for the top designers in the world today. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite styles Ella modeled for L.A. Fashion Week.

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HALE BOB

Creative director Daniel Bohbot’s latest Collection for Hale Bob mixed Boho fringe and flair with bright florals. A stand out for us was this beautiful pink and purple floral and geometric patterned maxi dress complete with fringe belt and booties. Get a similar look with Hale Bob’s pink crocheted silk maxi dress paired with black lace up booties from ZiGi or accessorize with flat leather sandals from Tory Burch for warmer Spring days.

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SUE WONG

Emerald green was a favorite on the runways at L.A. Fashion Week this year, from dresses, to pants, to tops. We loved this sweeping emerald green dress from fashion designer Sue Wong. Incorporate this bright color into your wardrobe this Season with Hale Bob’s ultra suede emerald green skinny pants. Pair with a blousy printed top and strappy leather sandals from Free People for a chic but casual street style look for Spring.

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NICOLE MILLER

Drawing on inspiration from modern architecture and contemporary artists, Nicole Miller’s Collection combines her art training, French heritage, and couture technique. We loved her easy-to-wear bright, modern patterns in her newest Collection. Get a similar look with Hale Bob’s printed scarf shorts paired with a crisp white cropped button down from J Crew. Accessorize the look with Loeffler Randall gladiator sandals, a big trend on the L.A. Runway this Season.

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LIBERTY GARDEN

Another Collection from the creative designs of Daniel Bohbot, Liberty Garden embraces the carefree “Boho” style paired with modern “edgy” glam. One of our favorite looks from Liberty Garden was this chic black leather dress paired with the suede fringe jacket, perfect for any Season. Get a similar look with Waverly Grey’s black faux leather sleeveless dress and suede fringe jacket from Missguided. Pair with black leather booties and you are ready to rock the streets in style.

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ZHANG JINGJING

With experience working for years as a fashion magazine art director, Zhang Jingjing has recently established her own Collection. We loved the designer’s feminine romantic creations with pretty pastels and sweeping gowns. Be sure to include blush pink in your wardrobe this year, trending for 2015. Try a flowy blush pink floral maxi dress from Eliza J paired with strappy blush pink Betsey Johnson heels perfect for Spring. We also love the new Nine West blush blazer for the office or accessorize with a blush pink handbag from Coach.

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Fashion Shows are an exciting world all their own. Countless hours and thousands of dollars go into producing each event to bring the world the latest in fashion design. Designers present their newest creations bringing recognition to their art, models hope to be discovered for their next modeling gig, magazine editors report on the latest trends on the runway, dancers and singers entertain, and the audience is swept away for a night of art, fashion, and culture. Be inspired by this year’s latest trends from L.A. Fashion Week and create a unique look all your own.

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