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The low-down secret from L.O Class Art designer Leen O.
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An Art Fashion Brand DIY Movement, based on the belief in the labour power of the artist and the acknowledgment of truth in the creative process. A custom Art Fashion company that designs and creates one of kind custom pieces for your wearing pleasure. Think For Yourself! 

First met Leen O. at the Dripped fashion fest during LA fashion week. A sweet and determined person who's killer on a sewing machine! With an energetic and fun approach to clothes I can easily see her stuff being paraded by London Club kids and fashion darlings alike. We have a chat with the LA designer and what drives her brand L.O Class art.

Describe the idea and philosophy behind L.O Class art?
L.O. Class art was based on the fact that I have always felt like somewhat of an underdog and part of the lower class ( working class). The L and the O are also my initials, Leen O. My whole life I have had a strong urgency to create and I have always known that to be a true artist, I need to work and I need to work really hard. I believe in the true grit and grime of what it takes to create. I choose the hard way to do things because that struggle and that fight is what really shines through in good work. And its really the expansion of social media, specifically Instagram that fueled my fire to actually start L.O.Class Art. Instagram is a great tool for artists, but I also know it is one thing that is truly starting to ruin the integrity of art. I feel like since its so easy to make your name off social media, that it lets anyone and everyone be an "artist", the "easy" way. Through this surge of media in your face everyday , you become numb and apathetic, and will be eventually disregarding true artists.

What has been the weirdest part of the process for you when creating a collection?
The weirdest part of the process is watching my original vision I had morph into something else. Art takes an idea and a driving force of energy from yourself, and then it is as if creation occurs on its own. Its a natural thing that is really beautiful and organic, when you start you have nothing and by the end  you cannot even fathom how this art sprouted from your own hands. Its like magic and its addicting.

What's your next collection gonna be about?
My next collection is based in surrealism with a strong Retro 60's influence with PUnk/DIY Undertones. A lot of my work is hand painted and one of a kind. This collection is meant to put the viewer in a parallel universe . Im not focusing on the seasons of fashion nor whether or not this is a ready to wear collection. I like to leave these thoughts up to the viewer. My work is meant to let people Think For Themselves, i want to inspire  more creation not put my work into a category or trend for people to follow. These pieces are meant to be walking art and are based on destroying the trend forecasts and fashion rules.

What is the quintessential L.O. Class Art guy or gal?
The quintessential L.O. Class Art guy or gal is someone that "Thinks for themselves". Someone who does not turn to social media for inspiration, but rather looks to his/her environment and soul for inspiration. This person respects art and fully understands and feels the energy put into art. This  person understands why art is so important to our world and sees how it is the most basic unifying part of humanity. This person wears whatever they want because they love it and want to look how he/she wants to look. This person does not wear clothing based on what is "in fashion".  This person wears clothing based on how they want to be perceived in the world according to his/her own energies, actions, and inspirations.

How to succeed as an independent fashion designer from Sara Sboul
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Caressing pink fur, crayola crochet, and kitschy patches I had to know who made these adorable bags. With cute anime eyes looking up at me it was as if being surrounded by cartoon friends. First heard about Sara Sboul, through London fashion designer Clio Peppiatt during London Fashion Week. "Sara is great! She made all of these for LFW!" I finally met her after featuring one of Sara Sboul's bags in Reflekt Issue 12. The stylist we worked with (Liv Keelor) raved about Sara. "You will love her. You have to talk to her!" And so I did. Walking through a quiet green garden towards Sara's cottage like studio, I entered a cozy room filled with twinkling christmas lights, multicolored sewing patterns hanging above and Sara's cartoon bags everywhere. 

After talking to her, we immediately bonded over the trials and tribulations of fashion school, cute anime, and what it really takes to be an independent fashion designer and your own girl boss. Despite her beloved bags being arm candy to global fashion influencers, the Japanese fashion world, and featured in numerous fashion magazines, Sara just like the rest of the us still has struggles and is one of the few people I know who refuses to sugarcoat what it's like. Here the real, the enlightening, and inspiring advice you need.

Why did you drop out of fashion school?
I don't think I even wanted to study fashion design I just needed the student loan grant and bank loans , it is the easiest way to move to London, the banks and government throw just the right amount of money your way no questions asked.

What keeps your drive going?
My friends spur me on, my boyfriend does the complete opposite so then I'm right back to at step 1 , I'm surprised I've got as far as I have.

Sarah (middle) with her interns at her cottage studio.

Do you feel it’s easier moving in the fashion industry with a self taught education compared to formal training?
I’m not sure, if you’re trained you have a platform to show off  and that’s cool but if you’re self taught you carve your own path and meet really interesting people. I think they are two very different ways and both have their own perks.

What are some things that you learned on the go?
To be cynical lol! I hate that about myself, but always think that everyone’s out for themselves and will screw you first and foremost because they usually are, and then when you meet a wonderful person to collaborate with like Esther loves you, it’s a wonderful perk!!

Why did you want to start off doing bags?
I wanted to keep working in fashion but didn't have enough money to make a complete cohesive clothing collection so I thought accessories were a good way around this, a shoo-in I guess, after doing it for a bit I learnt that it’s a good earner, people are more inclined to purchase pieces online because there’s no need to try it on and it’s less of a risk, and I've never looked back.

How do you feel about the politics and favoritism in fashion?
It’s a great topic to gossip and laugh about with close friends you know won't rat you out, but I think you have to keep your mouth shut when you’re not at waggas with meera and ciara! If you’re not one of the teacher’s pets then you’re probably real sweet and a sensitive soul.  

Were you afraid pursuing your own handbag line?
No, I had nothing to lose I was already disowned by my university, people had no clue who the hell I was, and didn’t care about the shit I was making, it’s a great place to start, people only think you’re gonna fail so if you do a little better than that it can make you smile, the smallest things cheer me up! I'm really easy to please.

If you could live in a movie which one would it be?
This is gonna be so obvs but Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki

Who is the ideal girl who would be wearing your bags?
Easy! Elizabeth Ammerman from ammermanschlosberg. She’s so cool!
What’s the worst and best piece of advice someone has given you?
Best advice: little snippets of the koran that my dad tells me, one being in a simplified form is to not tell people if a little bit of  success come your way, the reason behind this being that people covet things and you will lose them lol evil eye stuff. Worst advice: everything I was told at school! lol

What inspires you?
I like to make bags that I would wear myself and the I just hope that other people will also enjoy wearing them, it’s pretty hit and miss. I don't really have a theme/inspiration board for each season , I keep drawing and watch a movie and pick things up here and there. I'm learning what styles people really warm too and I'm just working on making smaller and stronger collections.

What is the best and worst aspects of being an independent designer?
It gets lonely, even when you have interns in the studio at all hours ,it’s quite lonely
and you sacrifice a lot especially when your work is laborious. The best aspects always outweigh the worst long nights though.
What is your advice for someone who wants to be a designer?
I don't think I have enough experience to give advice, figure it out on your own?...That’s too mean isn't it?
I'm drowning here, and you are describing the water. Guest blogger: Gianfranco Reyes
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You know that pain? The pain of heartbreak, loneliness, melancholia? The one that punches you in the stomach with no remorse? Have you felt that pain?

When you are at the nexus of a mental, self manufactured black hole and theres no scape. When its hard to see the light, and your heart is completely frozen. When you're screaming at the top of your lungs for help but no one is listening, no one is there, and you almost feel like no sound is coming out from your vocal cords. When you see a painting full of color but only focus on the gray and the black. The loneliness.

"Fashion is my life, fashion is my life" I keep telling myself, but it doesn't help. The clothes hanging from my closet are still, with no soul. The only words that I can think of are "I'm alone". It only got darker and colder as the night went by and my apartment got smaller and smaller as I kept thinking on how to make the tears stop. I thought about sleeping but I was terrified of waking up, I didn't want to wake up. Petrified by the feeling of surviving the night I asked myself "what do I want from life?"
Do I want to spend my life dwelling on my layers of complex personalities? mourning like death the feeling of loneliness? I'm half naked wearing black sheer fabric draped across my body, like a Greek statue of Apollo Belvedere, and I can see my stoic personality reflected in every mirror I walk by, being washed away by the fear of having to sustain my morbid ideas wrestling with each other to create a tension that runs through my veins every damn second that I breathe. 
Why do I need to feel something so painful and heartbreakingly strong in order for me to create something so beautiful?
Well, to be an artist is to feel pain and suffer.
I assume. 

Guest blogger Gianfranco Reyes. Peruvian-Angeleno sartorialist talks about his musings with gender bending, art, fashion, and his own turmoil. Check out his amazing blog here. All photos by @valdonicholas

Reflekt Muse: Hebert Lucio
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Like walking out of a 70's rock album Hebert Lucio comes from a fashionable family filled with music, art, and intellect. Obsessed with Jaguars, music, women, and exploring his world. See the rest of his style story in Issue º7 MAN.

What's your life story?
I'm from El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula
more modernly known as  Los angeles,  California.

I was raised in California but I also spend a lot of time traveling to Mexico & Spain as a child.
I have 2 biological siblings but I also have other brothers and sisters that travel with me as memories of precious moments that I've collected.

My childhood can be described best by three events:
1. playing with baby jaguars in Mexico. Age 4.
2. holding the Viola for the first time. Age 6.
3. learning about the men who sold the paradise along the coast for a few pieces of gold. Age 7.

Early style influences? 
My early style influences are: David Bowie, Prince,Kanye West, & most importantly Jesus Lucio my father. My father is one of my earliest childhood style influences because he taught me at a young age that the way you carry yourself only matters if you stay honest in doing so. By that he meant, never try to be someone you're not.

How did your style develop?
My style developed in various ways first and foremost I have to credit both of my parents because they are both very fashion forward and they were the basis for my style development. By analyzing their personal style I careful taught myself  how to combine personal aesthetic with more culture inspired trends. I also have the most obnoxious mother who would dress me up as her favorite figures including Prince, Emiliano Zapata, & Saint Jude when I was 4 years old.

Favourite fashion moment?
Everything that Prince wore in Purple Rain (Film).

Personal styling trick?
My personal styling trick is that I never really "do" my hair. 

How do you think people react to your style?
First they pause, then they become confused, eventually they realize that my style is just a visual image of the imaginative freedom I bring to more conservative or elegant styles from the past.

What are your hobbies?
Freckles & Women, a combination of both is what fascinates me most. I like giving women orgasms, making music,and reading books. I also enjoy drinking Mexican Coca Cola and am also fascinated by jaguars (the animal).

What are your current projects?
I just finished my first Album with The Black Velvetines which you can listen to and purchase on & I also just recently moved to San Francisco to write a book of short stories & find inspiration for the second Black Velvetines’ album which I'm set to start recording in late November of this year.

What do you want to do in the future?
I want to teach. I also want to continue to write & create music. Most importantly though I want to make sure that I continue to enjoy the simple things in life like women with freckles & Mexican Coca Cola. 

Any last words?
I was born a baby, Raised a man, & Dressed to kill.
Reflekt Muse: Simon Sotelo
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Known for her ornate vintage coke bottle glasses and a key figure in the arts and diy community Simon Sotelo is a true Zine Queen. The co-founder of the extremely popular L.A Zinefest and a talented graphic designer and illustrator. 50's vintage dresses mixed with skeletons and skulls reflects Simon's creative and independent lifestyle. Read the rest of her style story in Issue º8 DISTINCT.

My life's story in a nutshell.
I was born in Pasadena in the late 1980's and I spent a lot of my 
childhood accidentally hurting myself and watching a lot of TV. I was 
raised in a small part of central Los Angeles nicknamed "Frogtown" 
because it resides along the L.A. River and decades ago frogs would 
overpopulate the streets when it would rain heavily and the river would 
flood. It was the closest thing you could find to a suburb near 
downtown. Even though its along the interstate 5 its very isolated. The 
river separates it from North East L.A., and the Elysian hills separate 
it from everything else. I have not so fond memories waiting and riding 
the ONLY bus that we through my neighborhood, so even though the area 
was near the bustle of downtown L.A., it felt like I grew up in a calm 
suburb. Fortunately unlike a small suburb, I was minutes away from the 
more exciting parts of the city, so long as I could get a ride from my 
mom. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't really allowed to walk around the 
neighborhood at night because of gang activity.

I was raised my mother and my great aunt Lili. While my mother was at 
work or night school, my sister and I were left in the care of our great 
aunt. She's lives adjacent to the Silverlake dog park and has been there 
since the mid 60s. I spent a lot of my youth in Silverlake and Echo Park 
watching the neighborhood change drastically from the time I was a kid 
to the time I became a teenager.

Growing up in towns that neighbored Hollywood, I often felt like I was 
surrounded by weirdos: the good, the bad, the sad, and it was all 
fascinating! When I was a child my father would want to watch horror 
movies with me and my mother wanted to take me to the pride festivals in 
West Hollywood. At that early age certainly got my fill of shocking 
imagery, and it raised the bar for what I considered to be weird.

How did your style develop?
I wore uniforms all the way through middle school and I didn't give my 
clothing that much thought until the 8th grade when I started to listen 
to a lot alternative music and I was trying to find clothing that 
matched my intense teenage angst and frustration. That took me to lots 
of thrift stores and I was drawn to anything that was black or a dark 
color. This was the same time that my puberty teamed up with The Rocky 
Horror Picture Show and lead me on a path to dozens of mini skirts with 
fishnet stockings. At that time it was very important for me to be 
shocking and somehow win the title of the strangest person in the room.
This went on for years until I starting taking public transportation 
more and I found myself uncomfortable because of my short skirts or knee 
high boots. That's when I started incorporating a lot of dresses into my 
wardrobe, some of which I still have and fit surprisingly well.
I went to an art college where a lot of the students were using their 
wardrobe to stand out from the crowd. It was closer to me finishing 
college that I realized I wasn't just trying to be the weirdo in the 
room, I was trying to be creative with my clothing choices. I felt like 
I was consciously refining my style for the first time.
Close to finishing college I started riding my bike to...everywhere! I 
started to put an emphasis on practical wear and clothing that was 
comfortable to wear riding a bike, and that meant learning which style 
dress won't fly up when your on a bike.

Early style influences?
Like I mentioned, I was OBSESSED with The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 
and Hedwig and The Angry Inch. To sum it up, flamboyant musicals and 
goth/punk music lead me to experiment with my clothing. There was no 
limit to what I could do with a sewing kit and a trip to Out of the 
Closet. Its was easy to stereotype my style; there was a lot of stripes, 
plaid, and black lace.

Do you dress for yourself or others?
I dress for myself most of the time. Fortunately my recent jobs have 
been in very comfortable environments that let me choose how I want to 
dress in the office. Most of the time my co-workers wear t-shirts and 
sweat pants because that's how they are comfortable. I preferred to 
dress up a little bit, it might be because it made me feel like a grown 
up. The only people who seem to disapprove of my style are in fact 
people I'm related to. They let me know about it all the time. No one 
besides me in my family prefers to do their shopping at thrift stores 
and I often get a raised eyebrow from them when I put together an 
interesting outfit.

Personal styling trick?
Know your body type. There are lots of ways I describe myself: broad 
shoulders, small waist, big hips, big calves, and even bigger feet. If 
something catches my eye because of the color or print, I can often tell 
whether or not I'll like the way it fits based on its shape. Certain 
cuts of clothing just make me feel better when I wear them and that's a 
big part of my style, meaning things like tight shirts and full skirt 
dresses. An unchanging part of my style since I was young.

What are your hobbies?
I like to draw and listen to podcasts. As someone who grew up listening 
to a ton of radio, the transition to the world of podcasts wasn't hard 
to obsess over.

Recreationally I really like activities outdoors too! I ride my bike at 
the beach or around the neighborhood, running at Griffith Park, and 
hiking up Echo Mountain. Whenever I visit my grandparents in Northern 
AZ, I'm always hoping I get to go hiking in Sedona. To me Sedona is an 
eerie kind of beauty.

I also co-founded the L.A. Zine Fest, an annual independent publishers 
expo. It started out as a hobby and turned into one of my biggest 

What are your current projects?
I just finished up a few fine art pieces for a Dr. Who themed art show 
at Meltdown Comics. I'm very excited to be apart of the show and see the 
work from other artist. I saw that there are dozens participating!
Currently I'm working on an installation for a collective called Heart 
On who produces a calendar every year featuring 13 installations. My 
month is September and I have the majority of the larger parts worked 
out but its those smaller details that I'm still working out.

How do you think people react to your style?
I've gotten a lot of positive reactions to the way I dress when I'm 
paying attention. Then again I realize that I tune out negativity so 
from my perspective it always positive! But seriously, I do put thought 
into how I'm wearing different pieces of clothing. I know how I like to 
match particular shirts with a certain pair of shorts or shoes.

Do you feel your personal style reflects who you are?
I very much feel my style in a reflection of myself because of how 
little I think I've changed. I'm not saying that I dress exactly the 
same as as did when I was thirteen, but I knew what I liked at a young 
age and I like to think my style was refined over the years. There are a 
lot similarities in my wardrobe now and my wardrobe ten years ago. I 
prefer to wear lots of dark clothing with hints of color, particularly 
black clothing with hints of color. I find comfort in darker clothing, 
they make she feel grounded and it kinda ties everything together in my 
mind's eye. As a girl who likes dark humor and morbid curiosities, the 
clothes I choose express who I am and what I like.

Any last words?
I'm not trying reinvent fashion styles or start my own movement, not 
anymore. I applaud appreciate those who do but I'm not interested in 
doing that. I know what I like and what clothes makes me comfortable on 
my own body, that's where I am having fun exploring my options and being 
creative. There's no end to your evolution and it shouldn't be pleasing 
anyone but yourself.

Frida Kahlo's wardrobe revealed after being locked in a bathroom for 15 years
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Kahlo’s fringed boots, the right one with a stacked heel

After Frida Kahlo died in 1954, her husband Diego Rivera shut her belongings in a bathroom at their Mexico City home, the Blue House – then demanded it be locked until 15 years after his death. In fact, the room wasn’t opened until 2004, when Ishiuchi Miyako photographed its intimate contents. Here are the artists’ beloved belongings, from sunglasses to hand painted corsets
  • Frida by Ishiuchi Miyako is at Michael Hoppen gallery, London SW3, from 14 May to 12 July

It's amazing to see Frida's personal items. The more elaborate her dress was, the more pain she was in. Her sickness and art were perfectly intermingled with one another as can be seen in her painted body casts and her beautiful prosthetic leg she painted red with tiny gold bells. Which brings to mind that Frida was the first woman to foray into fashionable prosthetics that are so popular right now from Alexaner Mcqueen's carven wooden leg for Aimee Mullins to the first amputee pop star, Latvian pop singer Viktoria

Classic cats-eye glasses worn by Kahlo

Kahlo’s right leg was thinner than her left after childhood polio – and it was later fractured in 11 places when she had a horrific bus accident in her 20s. As a result, she wore long, traditional Tehuana dresses that concealed her lower body

The artist’s makeup compact

Orchids to You and another nail polish

Bathing suit in mint green

After her bus accident, Kahlo was in a full body cast for three months, and she remained in pain for the rest of her life. She painted her casts and corsets, turning them from medical equipment into artworks

Kahlo’s friends noted that the more pain she felt, and the more incapacitated she became, the more elaborate her outfits were

Kahlo’s leg was amputated in 1953. She designed this prosthetic leg with embroidered red lace-up boots and a bell attached

One of the corsets worn by Kahlo

A skirt of green silk and lace attached to a body corset

Reflekt Muse: Franz Szony
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What's your life story.
I was born in Reno NV in 1986.  My father is in the Casino business so we traveled quite a lot when I was young, but at 7 years we ended up back in Reno, where I grew-up through highschool.  I moved to San Francisco upon graduating and enrolled at the Academy of Art University where studied illustration and film photography.  After school I returned to Reno where I began creating work and exhibiting my photographs, and only three years ago had my first exhibit at the Sierra Arts Gallery.  Since, I have exhibited at the Project One Gallery in San Francisco, The poptART Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Archangel Gallery in Palm Springs.  I moved to Los Angeles this year in June and am very happy to be here.  My wonderful mom has always supported my vision as an artist, and being in LA has offered me a whole new group of like-minded artistic people.  

Early style influences?
Style Influences- Im inspired by the style of Rosalind Russell as Auntie Mame, Hugh Hefner and a sprinkle of Eleanor Audley.  

Personal styling trick?
My personal style is a 60/40 of dualities I like to think.  I like to dress "femininely masculine."  To mix a long kilt with a tuxedo jacket, or a silky blouse with a patent Dr. Martens boots.  And I like to think that any day look can be immediately made into an evening look with a swipe of black lipstick and a piece of jewelry.  

Do you feel your personal style reflects who you are?
I think style is ever-evolving.  I think its an incredible gift that we are given, these amazing 3d bodies to express ourselves with.  No one should walk around as a blank canvas all their lives.  For who I am at this point in my life, I think my style reflects that very nicely.  I always feel happy and beautiful in the clothing I wear, thats the only vital thing with fashion.  

What are your hobbies?
Im lucky in the sense that I have been able to incorporate many of my hobbies into my creative/work process.  But I do love to crystalize things.  I feel like Swarovski"ing" is the new knitting.  

Current projects?
Im currently working on a series of concept sketches for a client (which myst remain a secret for now) and I am storyboarding a film that will accompany a new piece of art I have scheduled to start in December. 

How did your style develop? 
I think my style really began to develop a few years ago when I shaved my head.  Before that I had long hair that I permed and colored.  I wanted the "Ricky Ricardo" jerry curl.  When I shaved it off, it cleared a few blockages… and I loved it so much I've just kept it that way.  

What do u want to do in the future?
In the future I would like to continue producing work that can inspire people to think outside the box.  I would like to translate my work to film.  Id like to travel more parts of the world.  Im not sure what the big future holds, but I can definitely tell you those are my goals for the future of the next year.  Id also like to fall in love, that would be nice too.

Do you come from a creative family?

I have aloy of creative people in my family. my sister has 3 masters degree in fine art

Last words?
Always believe in the power of karma.  Understand that you are not the owner of your talents, only the manager.  Remember that people only know to believe what you project.  And at the end of the day, dance under the moonlight while thanking the Universe for all it gives.  
Reflekt Interiors: Retro 60's loft of Muse Candice Molayem
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High in a grey Beverly Hills tower lies a colorful loft with giant yellow daisies painted on kelly green walls. Retro shot glasses, a wall to wall closet of vintage frocks, records of beach boogie beats, and sentimental keepsakes of Reflekt Muse Candice Molayem create a groovy time capsule for her and her friends and family to have fun!

Reflekt Muse: Erika
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Experience style reinvention with the connoisseur of sequins and color Erika Bjeljic.  Having had the pleasure to meet Erika’s acquaintance, it is apparent that s/he lives creative style everyday.  Erika is an abstract artist, style guru, and performance artist awarded by ArtShare LA for excellence in abstract painting.  Winner of Upcoming Artist of the Year through the Museum of Transgender History & Art, s/he is searching the greater Los Angeles area for spaces to exhibit about 200 works.  Reflekt distracted Erika from that search to inspire your wardrobe with our daytrip of Los Angeles.
*Something Old*
Goodwill of Hollywood has a whimsical air in October when
costumes are finally given their moment on the racks. 
Let the voices guide you through wigs, cultural get-ups, and ghoulish headgear.  No matter what time of year you thrift, it is an interesting way to connect with times and people long since passed.  Vintage shopping is always a great way to bring an older aesthetic back into circulation in an exciting way.  Erika casts off a pastel colored ensemble and tries on an array of outfits that speak of a dark and sexy 70s.  The selections seems to revel in the grandiose.  S/he describes his/her style as a marriage between “contrasting colors, trash fashion, and gaudy or spiritual aesthetics.”  
Personal style changes in correlation to whatever is around you or on your mind, but Erika’s inexplicable joy in image creation remains constant.  Clothing can tell a story about the journey to a higher self, and sharing these stories are an important aspect of self-expression.

*Something New*
The next part of our excursion was dedicated to surprise. We crashed some places we heard about through word of mouth.  Conversations on style lead us to the ceramic pirate on the sidewalk near Ozzie Dots.
What seemed like a Halloween store was actually a year-round costume and vintage shop, making it a household name for models and actors alike.  Printed pants and poodle skirt dreams danced around head-to-toe essentials and eccentricities.  Use an amazing store like this to write your shopping list if you have a budget. 

Our journey seemed to end at the FIDM store, the final recommendation by our hands-on sartorialists.  Alongside student designs are tools for making your own clothes: rolls of material, thread, and even sewing machines.  Style slumps are obsolete when you make your wardrobe.  Erika’s philosophy on balance and color took the foreground after adopting vertical-striped black and white leggings:
I love black and white.  I love zebra pattern, checkered, and swirl,
fishtails, and Gwen Stefani’s LAMB.  I love black and white on multiple levels, even spiritually.  Like yin and yang.  I use it a lot in my art.  My favorite is when black and white enamel mix together in my abstract paintings.  I always feel that my pieces aren’t complete without black and white.  I think this connects my ideas about sexuality and the balance between masculinity and femininity.

*Something Borrowed*
Let’s take a break from our voyage through Fashion LA and talk about fashion collage.  Set your sights on the office supplies and borrow style tips from a fashion collage you create.  Grab magazines or construction paper.  Scissors and glue can be the gateway to a whole new reality.
Here’s Erika’s commentary on fashion collage:
I start with something abstract.  Then, either add a photograph or drawing.  I put it into Photoshop and it becomes a digital collage.  It wouldn’t be as powerful if it were just digital.  It looks
better with the paint drips.  I don’t have any large paintings that focus on fashion, but that will change.  I experiment on a small scale.  Experimenting in a large scale is a lot of work wasted.  What’s nice about digital is that I can do a small canvas, make it digital, and then it becomes something huge.  It’s weird, but it looks better than the original.  Also, it’s synthetic so you can’t see the mistakes.  It would be nice to get into screen-printing to eliminate pixilation and other problems.  I could screen print pants someday.  I think people are getting comfortable dressing their legs.

*Something Hot Pink*
            Fashion fortune was strong with us thanks to LA Fashion Week.  We had a quick Reflekt-mobile wardrobe change and attended a runway show.  Erika changed everything minus the shoes and a hot pink hat.  This is not an insular event for Erika.  In fact, several wardrobe changes are taken in the spirit of fun, style, and shock-value for a multitude of art/performance events.  Still, there are style staples that we come to stand by and don’t shed easily.  These staples say something unique about the wearer.  Erika speaks on hot pink and other wavelengths:
Pink in general is a very sexual color. I think people like the color because it reminds them of rosy genitalia.  It is like a burning
sensuality.  When my mood changes, my pallet changes.  In the summer I was wearing a lot of blacks.  I just got into the fall colors: yellows, muted greens, and pinks.

*A Sixpence in Your Shoe*

Through this voyage of color and collage we’ve reiterated that wealth does not make a style statement.  Take this new arsenal of tricks with the posterity of fashion in mind and make it yours.  Fall in love with style forever in different ways until infinity.
CM2K dance and fashion intergation
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Infusing dance, hip hop beats, and avante-garde clothes. I'm always harping on LA fashion week because frankly it's just not there yet in creativity but seeing CM2K changed my perception of the LA fashion community. This was the most exciting and refreshing show I've seen at LA Fashion Week Concept.

Usually when fashion and dance presentations collide its more of one than the other. Either the performance is better than the clothes or the clothes are better than the performance. CM2K hit the perfect balance where both performance and fashion complimented each other.  

Here is the behind the scenes of the show
CM2K bts at Concept LA Fashion Week in October 2015 from cheryl koo on Vimeo.