From weekly staff meetings, conference calls, writing press releases, planning, prepping, and sending out a thousand emails (not an exaggeration) being a member of this hard working staff team has been nothing short of...exactly that… HARD WORK.
This team shares a common goal of raising the profile of fashion in Los Angeles as we know it. Los Angeles is one of the most cultural cities and the importance of showcasing this diversity has made The Official Los Angeles Fashion Week one of the most sought after organizations that this city has to offer with high style innovation.
Being behind the scenes has many challenges, many roadblocks and pitfalls but seeing the months of preparation boil down to the final moments is indescribable.
Sleepless starry nights turned into star studded red carpets. Closed doors on set designers, partnerships, and vendors turned into open doors for better opportunities turning SS19’ into one of the greatest seasons LAFW had to offer.
This company is a collaboration and a movement going up against other fashion week brands in the industry while making a name for themselves in the process. Putting LA fashion on the map for the world to see with top designers and style innovators, now’s the time. Strap up your heels or fix your tux because the doors are opening for you take a peek into this posh black tie affair, because ladies and gentleman THIS is LAFW.
Special thanks to Executive Producer Arthur Chipman for the opportunity and the entire LAFW staff team that made it all happen. This fashion week would not have been possible without the team that puts in the hours long after the meetings conclude. LAFW continues to rise because of YOU.
For more behind the scenes stories and coverage on Fashion Week, please now join my journey with Art Hearts Fashion Week where the new wave of inclusive fashion, diversity, and artistry are on full display.
From Victoria Secret Runways to creating every fashionistas guilty pleasure, #ANTM (America’s Next Top Model) model & Business Mogul Tyra Banks is back again.
This time Tyra is launching her very own them park Modelland. Set to open in Santa Monica, California in late 2019, the park is meant to be a fantasy version of the modeling world with interactive attractions, dining and special events.
Ty-ty is welcoming visitors to “Be the dream versions of themselves” by brining modeling to the masses. So smize your way to the top as you celebrate your own kind of unique beauty.
Are you ready?
Bright floral gowns, dramatic dresses that literally did all the talking on their own and avant-garde pieces setting the tone for a Haute Couture Show the only way that Paris can.
These couture week collections served us unforgettable styles that we just couldn’t get enough of!
With top designer styles from Dior, Valentino, Chanel and more join us as we count down our top looks we feel dominated the runways.
Florals... for spring? Alexis, YES it's grounding breaking because these looks are breathtaking. Miranda Priestly would be approve.
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Lace thigh high boots, sparkled fringe sets the tone for a winter meets spring aesthetic.
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Cool Avant-guarde CHIC
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80's Rock-and-roll vibes mixed with lots of haute couture
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Florals. Silks. Petal lashes. Naomi Campbell...That is all.
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Iris van Herpen
Futuristic silhouettes and shifting gowns made with a 3D laser cutting technology. If this is fashion of the future we want in!
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Victor & Rolf
Dresses that LITERALLY brought meme's to life.
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Which designer look fits your aesthetic? Let us know in the comments below.
The model of the year awards is here and the results are in! The top ranked models from this past year have been released from Models.com’s annual ‘Model of the Year’ awards.
These awards are comprised of 250 voters from top stylists, designers, photographers, and others in the fashion industry that cast their votes for the modeling industry’s current and up and coming stars.
The end of the year ended on a high note with black models taking the top spots!
The ‘Industry Vote’ for the female model of the year category, crowned model Adut Akech with the coveted spot.
Adut is a 19-year-old South Sudanese model who made her FW runway debut as an exclusive in the Saint Laurent Spring/Summer ’17 show. This beauty has walked for some of the biggest names in fashion luxury from Chanel to Dior to Prada.
For the male category, the industry voted Alton Mason as 2018’s Male Model of the Year.
After being discovered on Instagram, Alton made his fashion debut in Kanye’s Yeezy Season 3 runway show at Madison Square Garden. He has been cast for highly coveted luxury brands like Gucci’s AW17, Chanel where he made history by becoming the FIST male model in the brands 109-year history.
These models are on the move and paving the way for more diversity along their journey.
As if we needed another reason to love Coach, they added Michael B Jordan to the mix and we are here for it!
Michael B Jordan is set to star not on the big screen but in Coach’s Spring 2019 global advertising campaign. The Hollywood heart-throb will grace fashion spreads with his game winning smile representing the luxury brand as the first male face for the leather goods purveyor.
“Michael is cool and authentic, and he really embodies the Coach guy,” said Vevers in a press release.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves Vevers.
Just take a look for yourself and check out Michael B(ae) Jordan's collection with Coach, you can thank us later.
From iconic runway shows to even more iconic designers, The Official Los Angeles Fashion Week has done it again. Bringing Los Angeles Fashion to the forefront for the final show of the season, we couldn’t be more excited about taking part in the closing of Spring/Summer 2019.
Take a look at the closing designers in our highlights from LAFW below.
Floor length gowns, elegant sleek designs that just about make your mouth drop, Irina Marchuk knows the importance of details. This Ukrainian fashion designer brought the flashy sequins, sexy lace pieces and tasseled jumpsuits to the forefront for her Los Angeles runway debut.
Bringing an innovative and edgy approach to modern bohemian style makes Iconic Official what it is today. From airy prints, modest and colorful styles this pop art inspired brand brings the trendy looks you didn't know you needed.
Bringing the quirky, the cool, and the undeniably unique to the center stage, Bohemian Society closed the show in an unforgettable way. With signature post-punk and interactive fashion, this designer brand chooses to approach fashion from an artistic standpoint. Incorporating elements of painting and text into his pieces, fashion has become the ultimate forum for transforming fine-art into clothing.
As the designer shows come to a close, with a lineup of designers to close the show in true Los Angeles Fashion Week fashion. We at Blacklght couldn't be that that closed the end of fashion week in the only way that it should be done. IN STYLE.
On Day 3 of Los Angeles Fashion Week they brought us fashion from around the world. With designer creations that carried a piece of their culture that was embedded into each of their designs.
Take a trip around the globe while keeping your eyes peeled for a peek inside at the dazzling creations that hit center stage.
Fusing Thai heritage and traditions with other Asian cultures created what is Sarran (Asian Elegance). The blending of modern lifestyle and tradition tells a story through each piece, making each collection debut a glimpse into the history of Asian culture.
All hand crafted (dyed and woven) by artisans from weaving communities in the rural areas of Thailand Lalalove was born. This brand is known for fusing the modern with classic tradition thus creating one of kind pieces in each collection. Lalalove's showcase embodied a fun & edgy ready to wear collection that celebrates Thai tradition.
Q Design & Play
Bring on the men.
Q Design embodies the cool urban street wear aesthetic and brought it straight to the runway. Effortlessly laid back styles and bell-bottomed khaki pants just might be the new wave for the fellas this season.
So many unique pieces from with cultural meaning brings the the element of fashion that some labels continue to lack. The passion that resonates with the designers an audience make for a priceless collection.
Day two is upon us!
LAFW is back for another day of a great designer line ups that each brought their own unique style.
Don't want to take our word for it? Take a look at the showcases that shut down the runway with pieces that carried a bigger message than just making a fashion statement.
Pakwai used her showcase to shed light on the injustices that women endure that go unnoticed. Throughout her runway presentation, models each embodied an aura that showed constraint or fragility in the forms of color through to miniature symbols each model carried while displaying the collection.
Kate Hannah brought a playful, funky, colorful presentation using nothing but sustainable materials for her stunning designs that are always bright and visually stunning. Round of applause for her unapologetic casting of black models. We are HERE. FOR. IT!
Sav Noir brought the rugged euro-goth meets underground style to 'life' in a display that exudes a fearless confidence in a world that conforms to what is "trendy". Creating pieces that dare you to be you, even if it's a little rebellious.
What was your favorite look from day 2?
It’s here! Rihanna has just released her Savage Fenty line with 7 shades of nude and we are almost as excited for this line as we are to hear new music from the Barbadian beauty
(hint: bless us with new hits!)
But for now we are totally obsessing over her latest Savage Fenty line that includes everyday essentials from bras, panties, sleepwear, lacey pieces body suits, she’s got it all. She kept her line size inclusive from 32A cups to 44DD and loungewear pieces that come in XS to 3XL, to nudes that actually fit darker and lighter shaded.
Rih-Rih has made her line a fan favorite already with her inclusivity in her creations.
Check out her line and let us know what you’re putting in your shopping cart in the comments below.
Ladies strap up your heels, fellas slip on your tux because LA Fashion Week is here to bring you its 2019 Spring/Summer runway presentation.
Live jazz music left guests swaying to the rhythm of classic R&B hits as they glided across the red carpet, before slipping past glass doors leading to the exclusive event. Held at one of the world’s premier museums and historical landmarks in Los Angeles, the Petersen’s Automotive Museum the official home of LAFW.
LAFW’s black tie affair event partnered with over 20 award-wining designers and artists from across the globe bringing their designs center stage to the LAFW runway.
After kicking off a successful summer pre-show event with designers Escada and Porsche Design, LAFW showed no signs of slowing down with the biggest event of the season.
So sit back and enjoy the unforgettable evening of glamorous styles, music, celebrities, and VIP guests from around the world as Blacklght gives you an exclusive fashion rundown.
The Red Carpet
The Opening Gala
Rocky Gathercole Presentation
Known for bold and vibrant Avant- Garde creations, Rocky Gathercole designed nothing less for his outdoor presentation. Models were draped in edgy eclectic pieces that included feathered body suits, jewel encrusted bustiers and eccentric shoulder pieces that were show stopping in true Gathercole fashion.
The G-L-A-M is what makes Elie Madi one of the most sought after designers for evening wear pieces. Stunning embellished gowns laced each model in a unique eloquent way, fusing sexy and simplistic elegance.
Day one down, three more to go. Who are you ready to see this season?
Visit LAFW to see the line up.
In the gardens of Paris’s Palais- Royale Virgil Abloh brought a rainbow colored board to life in a crisp yet chic MONUMENTAL display at the Louis Vuitton Men’s Runway show.
Virgil Abloh is more of a force to be reckoned with then many might have speculated. Here are Blacklght’s top 5 reasons Virgil is making history apart from being named Louis Vuitton’s first black creative director.
Aside from the clothes (just for a moment) aside from the celebs, fashion is the realm where stances beyond the material things can be made and we are a stan for Mr. Abloh for bringing to light the importance to things that are ‘usually hidden’.
Balmain Creative Director Oliver Rousting is at it again, bringing black women to the forefront.
After just making headlines for dressing Beyoncé in her Balmain studded wardrobe for her now iconic Coachella performance, Rousting is back again highlighting black women through fashion.
Oliver Rousting is now making waves at Cannes Film Festival by helping Aïssa Maïga challenge racism that continues to perpetuate our society.
Maïga approached the Balmain creative director to create all their outfits, and he jumped at the chance.
Rousting is the first black man to hold the CD position at Balmain and has too faced his own form of discrimination and understood the importance of this opportunity. The designer has been outspoken about the lack of diversity in the industry and knew that dressing these 16 black actresses would be a movement all of its own.
Those same 16 black actresses linked arms as they marched as the sky opened up above and headed toward the red carpet. Once on the steps, they gathered around French film star Aïssa Maïga on the Cannes Film Festival steps, standing together and raised their fists in the air.
There promote the documentary based on the book being Black is Not My Profession, denouncing the prejudice suffered from directors and casting agents this moment these women expressed was a powerful stance that will hopefully encourage others.
The 2018 MET Gala has arrived and we can't wait to share with you our favorite looks from the event. The stars showed up and showed out on one of fashions biggest nights. Dressed in their "Sunday's Best", playing along the nights theme of the Catholicism-theme exhibit, the fashion Gods answered our prayers to bless us sinners with heavenly styles.
All Hail the Thigh-High
Did you have a favorite MET Gala look that we didn't showcase? Let us know in the comments below.
From Beychella (formally known as Coachella), to the queen announcing that she will be donating $100,000 in scholarship funds to four historically black colleges, Beyoncé has done it again by making power moves.
She is using her platform to bring visibility and empower an organization for young women of color known as Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH). The non-profit extracurricular program that focuses on academic achievement and athletic discipline through ice skating has captured the queens attention.
Beyoncé enlisted the young achievers of this organization to debut her spring 2018 Ivy Park collection. Shown to 120M followers all at once, the young women of FSH will be featured on Beyoncé’s social media platforms (the dream). These ladies will step into the spotlight, showcasing their artistic skills as they eloquently glide across the ice doing what they love and it never hurts to be wearing Beyoncé’s clothing line while doing it!
Take a sneak peek of the video below:
When one makes it, it feels like we all do.
From founding the lux-street wear brand Off-White, to now being named Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton menswear, Vigil Abloh is making Money moves.
The multi-faceted Illinois native born to Ghanaian immigrant parents, started out his career at Fendi alongside Kanye West as an intern; later transpired to Kanye making Virgil his own creative director.
Today, Virgil is making history as the first black person ever to take on the role as creative head for such a prestigious designer label. His newly appointed position has and will continue to make a statement for the evolution of diversity in the industry.
This momentous feat cracks the glass ceiling for dreamers and opens the window to new opportunities for those who too push past the ‘boundaries’ of society’s limitations.
After 20 years, designer brand finally cast dark skinned models for runway show.
It’s time designers embody the importance of color on the runway. We aren’t talking about color pallets chosen for their collection, but the models selected to walk runway shows.
Designer brand Comme des Garçons has finally decided to welcome inclusivity to designer shows.
After more than 20 years, the brands creative director Rei Kawakubo hired dark-skinned models their latest collection. According to Elle.com (https://www.elle.com/uk/fashion/news/a42073/comme-des-garcons-finally-cast-black-models-in-its-show/ ) Four of the 16 models who walked in the fall 2018 showcase were black, with two black models getting the coveted opening and closing spots.
The last time Comme de Garçons featured a black model was for their fall 1994 show with model Chrystèle Saint Louis Augustin, according to Elle.
With the fashion industry being more inclusive and embracing diversity on the runway, one would think this monumental moment wouldn’t have only begun in 2018.
The day where a diverse runway is seen as the norm, will be the day the fashion industry has taken a revolutionary turn towards making a change in society. Fashion is a reflection of the society we live and being inclusive is the mission.
So black models...
Fashion month is here…That’s right fashion month! We are strutting our way into Milan Fashion Week’s stunningly stitched pieces that would be wrong to not to do a double take on.
From top designer brands like Dolce & Gabanna, Fendi, Giorgio Armani and more, MFW never falls short of making an impact.
Designers made way for pant suits that took center stage at some of our favorite runway shows. It’s the year of the woman after all because women are taking back control.
Take a peek at the pant suits that stole the show below.
Dolce and Gabanna
By Natanya Toomes
After recently making an ad campaign that featured only black models in an attempted to prey on their dwindling black audience, Gucci is under fire yet again but this time for knocking off black designer Dapper Dan’s design from the 80’s.
Some call it paying homage to the Harlem designer, but wouldn’t that require actually…you know…giving credit?
With no recognition to Dapper Dan, it’s needless to say this proves yet again that whenever black culture creates and revolutionize style trends, the rich and the white aren’t too far behind to hijack those aesthetics for their own gain.
What can we say; white people are great at creating things…that were already invited.
Are we surprised…really?
In an era of man buns and crop tops are we surprised to see men rocking yet another one of our favorite staples?
Better add rompers to the list.
That’s right, our favorite one piece outfit that we love to hate (ladies know why).
A Kickstarter campaign took their shot at the popular piece, with an item they like to call the RompHim. This jaunty, high-end romper designed for men recently blew up all over twitter with men and women across the board not having it with the new look.
If it’s wrong, we don’t want to be right.
Though majority of the tweets seem to be bashing the look, we can’t help but kinda love to hate it.
Take a look at these RompHim pieces that just might be wearable for the fellas summer ’17.
In a land far, far away (or just the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles, CA) showed a different side to the usually palm tree riddled city.
A desert vibe emerged as guests took a journey against a natural orange sunset, Dior hot air balloons, and a mountainous backdrop (a social media lover’s dream) at Dior’s 2018 Cruise Runway Show.
Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri is believed to have gained inspiration for her collection from wall paintings in the Lascaux cave, which was also the inspiration of Monsieur Dior himself back in the early '50s according to Harper’s Bazaar.
“Women,” Ms. Chiuri said, “should be able to define themselves.” In the face of very heavy heritage and expectations, according to nytimes. She wanted to provide as many different elements as possible of a wardrobe that could be mixed and matched by the individual as she saw fit.
Churi’s wild-wild west collection featured clothes that were high fashion but still wearable for the everyday woman. Bright colored primitive print dresses, wide-brimmed hats were worn by every model, and each western hat featured intricate hand paintings reimagined from cave walls, and lots of airy dresses that flowed right above the dusty runway path as models stomped their way through the safari like tents.
From a star-studded front row
To the beautiful accessories and pieces that are on our wish list, we couldn’t end this article without mentioning the greatness that is Solange who served as the special musical performance of the night! She performed a set list from her album, A Seat at the Table in an all-white sheer Dior look.
She’s the Queen B for a reason.
When she’s not selling out shows, or giving us life as we sip our ‘lemonade’, she is serving looks even while pregnant with twins!
Twice the babies, twice the slay-age right?
We want to show you our top 8 all time twin pregnancy looks that only she can pull off, as if you need another reason to see why this is one hot mama.
Oh the places fashion can lead…From over the top styles, custom designed looks, and not to mention star studded attendees, this annual fundraising ball is as regal as it sounds.
Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the Met Gala.
It’s the time of the year celebrities, designers, and big names in fashion all come together to the opening celebration for the Costume Institute Gala’s annual fashion exhibit, wearing looks that pay tribute to the events theme.
This year the exhibition was “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” which meant attendees were meant to come dressed according to theme.
Our black kings and queens took their rightful place at the throne as they served looks for the gods. Just take a look for yourself at some of our favs of the night.
It seems to be the year of change in the Vogue family.
After the newly appointed British Vogue Editor-In-Chief Edward Enninful, Elaine Welteroth is fortunate to share the same Editor-In-Chief title but at Teen Vogue!
This historical feat of such high titles held by black individuals is a powerful move, for not only them but to those watching. This makes her the youngest and only the second Black woman to ever hold this title in Condé Nast history.
Welteroth's new position is a positive move in the direction of diverse leadership in the fashion and magazine industries.
According to Ebony, “Elaine is incredibly in tune with the Teen Vogue audience and has used that unique insight to engage and connect with her readers on a very personal level,” said Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor-in-chief of Vogue.
With positive remarks from such a tough critic like Anna definitely speaks volumes.
According to a press release, “In the past year, traffic to TeenVogue.com has increased to more than 9.2 million unique visitors, up from 2.7 million unique visitors last year”, according to a press release obtained by Ebony.
Since the shift in leadership, Teen Vogue has received tons of praise for its cutting edge political coverage and digital editorial presence.
We are excited to see how Welteroth will continue to add her touches to make Teen Vogue more inclusive of its readers.
Whoever said ‘man bags’ weren’t cool, well, look again because Pharrell just did that.
Pharrell is known for making the different…fashionable.
As to why he is the perfect model for the new Chanel handbag.
As the first ever male handbag model for Chanel, Pharrell is paving the way for men who too are on-the-go, but need a place for their belongings. Not to mention also staying stylish.
According to Essence, Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld told Women's Wear Daily in March that the bag's shape was inspired by virtual reality goggles. Lagerfeld also said the new campaign film with Pharrell was designed to show that the Gabrielle could be worn in "many different circumstances."
Take a look at Pharrell’s Chanel ad below and let us know if this has a shot at being a hot male commodity.
Must be love on the brain because we are excited to see that Rihanna’s Fenty by Puma collab surprise.
made its way to L.A. in a surprise pop-up shop!
If you don't follow RiRi on Instagram, you just missed your *eh hem* official invite to her surprise pop-up shop in Los Angeles.
The exclusive and limited-edition pieces will only be available for two days in L.A.
The spring collection has of course been getting a lot of buzz in the fashion world. Her line included lots of pastels, and soft spring colors with pieces featuring lavish satin with bows and ruffled textured looks.
Some lucky fans even got the chance to be rung up on Day 1 of the pop-up by the bad gal herself, who played the role of cashier with champagne glass in hand in true RiRi fashion.