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On Saturday, we stopped by the BoxEight event downtown to check out one night's worth of talent there (since we couldn't make it to all three nights of the installation). The photo-shoot-setup is still arguably press-unfriendly, albeit an interesting backdrop to view a fashion collection. The extended time getting to view each piece from a variety of angles is arguably more interesting than seeing an entire collection whisk by in under 15 minutes. However, it does make it much more difficult to get a clear view or photograph of a look when you have photographers, stylists, make-up artists, a variety of assistants and an errant dog running around between you and the actual model.
On the night we were there, we saw looks from five designers:
· Eduardo Lucero—An LA-based designer who was born in Mexico naturally loves color and accentuating a woman's body. Lucero showcased a lot of gold sequins, jewels and a headdress that looked like a tree branch covered in butterflies.
· Lekuin—An industrial collection that fuses antique and modern art into its looks, the garments are made from "rescued" fabrics that are hand-painted.
· Le Sang Des Betes—Designed by Angelino Trang Chau, the collection is inspired by gothic and modern architecture. We saw a sincere love for hats and feathered headdresses as well.
· Lloyd Klein—An actual French Couturier who has shown in Paris and the tents at Bryant Park, Klein now makes his headquarters in Beverly Hills. Overall his looks are uniquely chic and effortless. Albeit basic in color, the construction and design speak volumes.
· Michael Costello—The whiz kid who was dubbed "too qualified" for the FIDM is entirely self-taught, but we were somewhat mesmerized by the gowns he showcased. The rich fabrics and floor-length elegance would look right at home on a red carpet, which is probably why he's previously been sought out by Toni Braxton, Paris Hilton, Salma Hayek, Traci Bingham, Mary J Bilge, Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan and Celine Dion.