RVA Fashion Week: Formal Wear Show

Story by Solleyha Mathurin
Photos by Victoria Frank
Ever thought about attending a red carpet with the ability to look and feel glamorous? The Saturday RVA Fashion Week Formal Event was giving off those vibes. The show consisted of everything from eccentric colors to small applique detailing from the designers of Tough Cookie, TAILOR, House of Le’la Mone, P.R.I.D.E. LLC, toFREEyourSTYLE, Angelia’s Couture, Shion Fenty, House of LaPosh, 707, and Jamet Jackson.
The event took place at the Bon Secours Redskins Training Center and was hosted by the dashing Kelli Lemon, accompanied by music by MASS FX. During intermission, the audience had a surprise violin performance by Treesa Gold.
Tough Cookie, the first line, was a collection of swim/beachwear that gave off a sporty and eccentric essence with their mesh layering and visor accessories. This collection had a 1960’s-1970’s vibe with the various mixed prints, color blocking, and asymmetrical styling. This brand was definitely testing the boundaries of traditional swimwear.
TAILOR offered an overall minimalist evening wear collection that focused on details, like lace, which was used in a lot of the pieces. It showcased various shift/flowy dresses with frilled hems.
House of Le’la Mone gave off that glamorous vibe we were all craving for with a theme of rich silvers, golds, coppers and champagnes. The various elongated gowns gave off a high class look. Details such as printed designs on fabric and tulle added some variety amongst the collection.
P.R.I.D.E. LLC, the first menswear line to make an appearance, showcased suits in “multi-cultural prints” which signified a “melting society” said by the host, Kelli Lemon. The bold prints embedded into collars, lapels, and some outer breast pockets, seemed to complement each suit presented.
ToFREEyourSTYLE featured convertible bridesmaid dresses that were custom-made in the designer’s studio. The line consisted of nuanced, bright colors with a braided fabric theme. The staggered, flowy hems gave off a whimsical and majestic feeling.
Angela’s Couture showcased evening wear with a reoccurring black and white theme. The line ranged from sheer fabrics and structured pieces to gold detailed hardware and rhinestones. The line as a whole was incredibly eye-grabbing.
Shion Fenty showcased Guyanese heritage that was to represent NYC vs. the South. I gathered a church wear look from the line with various detailing from puffy sleeves to frilled satin hems, appliques, and headpieces. The designers went with a contradictory clothing line by mixing fabric textures and patterns.
House of LaPosh had a mix of materials in the collection that ranged from velvet to sheer fabrics. This line definitely gave off evening glam/red carpet looks that showcased various minimalistic, but elegant pieces that were mixed with detailed sequin fabric or fur. A lot of the sheer fabrics included applique detailing, giving it a very couture feel.
707, the second menswear line, consisted of ravishing and high energy models in tailored suits. Each outfit pushed typical menswear through complementary jackets to different colored pants and mixing prints in a subtle way.
Lastly, Jamet Jackson, a former VCU Fashion Design student, showcased her monochromatic line with mixed fabrics , like sheer and knit garments infused with leather. She used stitching to create a quilted look on a number of pieces and beading to add variance amongst the collection.

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