Fashion Down Under comes to Los Angeles

Renee Minus White | 4/7/2016, 12:23 p.m.
Fashion Down Under will introduce five new designers April 16 at its inaugural fall fashion preview event in Los Angeles.
Designs from Sir Isaac Newton's Vine of New Orleans spring/summer 2015 collection during L.A. Fashion Week. Mark Mendez photo courtesy of Facebook

Fashion Down Under will introduce five new designers April 16 at its inaugural fall fashion preview event at the private residence of the Australian consulate-general in Los Angeles. FDU LA will act as a platform for emerging Australian fashions and facilitate connections for media, buyers and industry professionals within the U.S.

Featured designers will include Akira Isogawa, Steph Audino, Robb & Lulu, Pure Blakk and Ange Lane. Invited guests will escape “down under” style with an Australian-inspired menu and a stunning poolside garden setting. Founded by Ivanna Fontana and Ashley Simmons, this unique event will be sponsored by Virgin Australia, Artistry, Bobbi Brown, White Rabbit Entertainment, Immortal Cream, Stick House and Antipodes.

For fall 2016, New York designer Reem Acra found inspiration from everywhere for New York Fashion Week. Her unique designs exhibit diverse cultural elements in an elegant and powerful way, and her clothes lead the way in fashion today. In her line, she combines tradition with a modern aesthetic and continuously redefines the boundaries. With her bridal couture business secure, she has expanded into the ready-to-wear markets. Delicate patterns and beautiful prints offer gorgeous Mediterranean-inspired styles in bright color combinations. There are long gowns for day or evening, as well as short mini-dress looks for day.

Back in L.A., one of the featured collections focused on designers, including YAS Couture by Ellie Madi, Sir Isaac Newton, Kentaro, Katie’s Couture, Jaime Elyse Couture and Wilfredo Gerado, among several others. On the L.A. Art Hearts Fashion runway, their collections showed a palette of gold and white in romantic busts and crowns. The elegance and ingenuity of the collection elicited cheers from the audience. Sir Isaac Newton introduced his Vine of New Orleans collection. He took his designs to a higher level with posh styled cuts, colors and textures. Kentaro’s piercing and provocative collection of black and white pieces mesmerized the crowd. The innovative collection brought a somber and sophisticated edge to the runway.

Kate’s Couture combined timeless elegance with a modern edge in her collection this season. Nearly all of the materials used to create this collection came from thrifted garments and bulk fabric ends. Jaime Elyse Couture took center stage with her collection, which was inspired by the classic architecture of New York, Paris or London. There were strong necklines and pops of color. Embellished belts maintained the high energy level of this collection. Wilfredo Gerado closed the evening with a collection of embellished pieces that defined feminine beauty. Here again, plunging necklines on gold and black designs embodied sensual strength and red carpet glamour.