Concept LA Fashion Week-Bryan Hearns and NAMI Shows

The shows on the last day of Concept LA Fashion Week were quite impressive. Each collection was cohesive in its style aesthetics and imaginative in its conceptual renderings. Sweet fashion bonuses such as backstage sneak peeks and mini interviews with the designers gave me a well-rounded perspective on each brand's influences, inspirations, and innovations.

After graduating from Northview High in Covina, CA, Bryan Hearns moved to Los Angeles and enrolled at FIDM. Within two years, he made the daunting move to New York City, one of the world's most renowned fashion hubs. The Bryan Hearns Spring 2012 collection (his fifth!) takes inspiration from west coast '90s gangsta rap groups but also draws a strong avante garde sensibility resulting in runway pieces that are much more aligned with high fashion rather than the mean streets of Compton.

The Bryan Hearns Spring 2012 Collection-The Fab

I was quite mesmerized by these handmade pyramid inspired prism platform stilettos. Bryan, I think it's time you venture into footwear!

Sarah Nami Ahn, the owner and designer behind the brand NAMI was born in Korea but raised everywhere else. A U.S. Army brat, she has seen much of the world having moved 22 times before the age of 18.  A renaissance woman in every sense of the word, after acquiring a PhD from UCLA in neuroscience, she decided to take a different career path and study fashion design at FIDM. After only 6 months of fashion school, Sarah won a national dress design contest and as a result her dress was sold at major department stores under the Spring 2011 Laundry by Shelli Segal collection.

Her Spring 2012 collection is inspired by the designer's Korean heritage and her love for the art of origami. Her artful inspiration can be seen in the intricate pleating details and the unique triangular folding of the sleeves. The result is a delicate and stunning collection of wearable Japanese influenced art.

NAMI Spring 2012 Collection-The Fab

What I Wore

I really love my Eva Franco Gilbert Dress! It's a refreshing dose of old Hollywood glamour that exudes both femininity and elegance. Intricate details such as the pleated bodice, belt with wooden button detail and godet-trimmed hemline feel so right bundled in the fully lined silk blend chiffon.

Dress: Eva Franco
Platform Mary Janes: Forever 21
Purse: Chanel
Earrings: Vntage
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