Tuesday night, March 11, was a sultry evening in downtown Los Angeles for Style Fashion Week. The city's fiercest "fashionistas" invaded AEG's L.A. Live complex to congregate under the super-jumbo white tent and witness the future of urban fashion. Throughout the night a dozen designers impressed the critics and dazzled the celebrity guests with their wearable art. The biggest trendsetter was also the distinguished closing designer of the night. Surprise, surprise, it was none other than the legendary Maggie Barry.
Waiting in anticipation was not easy, as fans, colleagues and competitor designers fought to get as close to the main stage runway as possible, even though this was a hard ticketed event. Spotted in the coveted front row was "General Hospital's" Jacklyn Zeman, America's queen of love and "NeuroLoveology" author Dr. Ava Cadell, yoga instructor to the stars Leo Zen, celebrity and fashion photographer Jen Starr and the #1 EDM "Rocktronica" artist JES. It was "standing-room only" with a crowd of more than 500 and a press box of more than 50 media outlets.
This was a very special moment for Maggie Barry and her M8 Urban Fall 2014 collection. With her new "Shoppe" opening at Main and 8th downtown on Thursday, March 13, she was selected by Style Fashion Week President co-founder Veronica Welch to be the keynote speaker at a prestigious ceremony officiated by Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti last week.
Designer Maggie Barry has developed a new line called M8 Urban. As the go to designer to many A-list stylists in the entertainment industry, she has helped design and manufacture looks for Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ke$ha (a.k.a. Kesha Rose), Lady Antebellum, JES, Nicki Minaj, and LMFAO -- just to mention a few of the big names.
"This season's M8 collection is based on an urban lifestyle. There will be active wear, inspired pieces that play with fun fabrics and textures. Whether it be leather and cashmere or sequins and tech-net, all pieces are engineered with the body in motion. Mobile fashion is an apt description--fashion that's convenient and practical yet edgy and trendy with a nod to practicality," states Maggie Barry.
The one-of-a-kind M8 Urban collection show was titled "The Cycle of Fashion." The runway models featured Tern Bicycles that fold-up and are carried. The fold-up bicycle is now an accessory to new downtown urban city dwellers. Some standout looks in the M8 Urban collection included: quilted vests and jackets, along with cashmere and French terry to keep you warm, tech-net and tanks to also keep you cool as needed, functional layering of modular pieces that coordinate together in fun textural collages of individual style.
Maggie Barry received a jubilant standing ovation when she took her own walk down the runway to great her many adoring fans and paparazzi. Style Fashion Week Fall 2014 was a huge success!
Be sure to visit Maggie Barry's new downtown "Shoppe" opening this Thursday, March 13, during Art Walk at 107 East 8th Street,from 5 p.m. til 10 p.m., featuring a fabulous M8 Urban trunk show, look book photo shoot and divine entertainment by jazz singer Morganne Picard. Barry, along with the designers Charlie Altuna and Paulo Ricardi, will offer retail of their own designs, directly to the public.
It will be full of new, seasonal designs befitting the local scene. Come one and come all!