By Melanie Parker Alcala
Photography by Ken Alcazar
Art Hearts Fashion held its event this year at The Majestic in Downtown Los Angeles and the four-day event hosted over twenty designers from around the world. Featured designs included big-name companies, such as Nike and Dr. Martens, while a few familiar designers from Bravo’s Project Runway attended the event. The fashion event, founded in 2011, not only included runway shows but also an art gallery for guests to enjoy. As the designers showcased their Spring/Summer 2023 collections, guests were treated to a wide array of styles, including streetwear, athleticwear, swimwear, and haute couture.
Custo Barcelona opened the event with brightly colored casual attire and prints that truly embodied the brand’s values of eternal youth. The Carmen Steffens show featured colorful attire that was accessorized with the brand’s signature shoes and bags. Giannina Azar’s show took place on the first day of the event and the celebrity designer showcased beautifully embellished outfits with tasteful prints. Morfium Fashion closed the show with designs in neutral, black, and red colors. The avant-garde pieces left a lasting impression on the crowd.
Day two of the event began with Alexis Monsanto. The designer showcased sophisticated pieces, many of which were pleated and in pastel colors that are fit for spring and summer. Diva Fashion Couture featured dresses and two-piece outfits suitable for any night out. Coral Castillo, winner of Hulu’s Stitched Ep5 and finalist on Bravo’s Project Runway S19, showcased stunning pieces that featured intricate macrame embellishments and that were influenced by Aztec goddesses. Sergio Tacchini’s collection featured ready-to-wear tracksuits and sportswear that enabled models to make their way down the runway in comfort. Original Penguin showcased fun menswear in shades that are perfect for spring and summer and Carlos Pineda closed the show with remarkable ensembles covered in frills and ruffles.
Naughty Boy Golf opened the show for day three. The brand brought excitement to the world of golf attire and featured shimmering pieces that are sure to stand out on any golf course. Tell The Truth revealed ready-to-wear pieces that were a blend of edgy and classic designs. The brand also presented pieces made from recycled materials. Kenneth Barlis displayed his Monochromatic collection, and the large collection of couture ensembles stunned the crowd with attire in shades of almost every color. Merlin Castell’s show featured bold avant-garde attire that made heads turn. Many pieces were in black and gold or deep shades of purple, red and green. Diana Couture x UBS Gold unveiled the Siren’s Song collection, which featured elegant gold and silver attire that was perfected with shimmering rhinestones and gold chains. Mister Triple X + Dr. Martens closed the show with high-end, ready-to-wear, streetwear that featured leather, print, and metallic fabric combinations.
The final day of the event opened with Argyle Grant, who showcased men’s swimwear. The summer attire featured bold and fun prints. S16 Project Runway winner, Kentaro Kameyama, showcased sleek minimalist designs, which featured attire in black, red, and white. Joseph Auren showcased his signature black and white urban attire. The androgynous looks featured many unique geometrical cuts. Charles and Ron presented couture ensembles in flattering spring colors. Nike Swim featured sporty swimwear. The athletic brand featured designs suitable for any water lover. Local favorite Walter Mendez closed the event and dazzled the crowd with a collection that consisted of both couture and ready-to-wear attire.
This seasons LAFW event presented by Art Hearts Fashion was filled with guests who share a greater appreciation of artwork, specifically the art of fashion. The runway shows did not disappoint this year from casual streetwear to haute couture, the artistic abilities of each designer were truly exhibited through their ensembles. The creativity exuded by each collection left the crowd inspired and wanting more as they caught a glimpse of the future of fashion.