Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fashion Week Sneak Preview, Millinery Guild Hat Extravaganza, Thirty Stores And Galleries Open - And Much More This Thursday At Downtown Fashion Walk!

On this Thursday’s February 18th Fashion Walk, our venues will include boutiques, solo designer stores; vintage clothing, furniture & book stores; art galleries & art installations; jewelers; contemporary furniture stores; and eclectic design shops – plus one big, one night only event.


First, the Millinery Guild of Southern California will showcase their hat designers in the grandeur of the old banking space in the Spring Arts Tower at 5th & Spring. They will also graciously host other leading LA hat designers inside the historic 8,000 foot space – under the just restored 20 foot 1914 ceiling - along with a dozen established and upcoming designers of all types –  and art installations by POP LOCK.


Elmer Ave will also have an excellent selection of their current collection that will be purchasable either at the Spring Arts Tower  - or at their store, just a block away - Elmer Ave will also preview a few pieces of their new collection that will be shown during the March Fashion Week.


There will also be a selection of items from leading Fashion Walk stores along Main and Spring and Sixth and Seventh – at 5th and Spring to expose other designers to a wider audience and to let you know why Fashion Walk is never over until you have seen all the Fashion Walk neighborhood has to offer.


Also open that night will be the adjoining art spaces – POP LOCK, the Deborah Martin Gallery and the new CB1 Gallery – which was called (repeatedly) one of the most beautiful spaces to show art in LA when Clyde Beswick opened it last Saturday with solo shows by HK Zamani aka Habib Kheradyar and Daniel Aksten.


Then, after a night of fashion and art, only a couple hundred feet away - you can retire to the elegance of the marble walls, wood paneling, Batchelder tile floors – and antique bank vault private rooms - of the Crocker Club – or you can enjoy the neighborhood feel and spacious outdoor patio of the Down and Out, or you can take in the warm ‘everyone knows your name’ atmosphere of The Must, where food and drink are equal priorities.


Or you can savor your meal at the long time local favorite - The Ensenada Mexican Restaurant - that now draws customers from all over Los Angeles or dine at the recently opened Gorbals which just received an enthusiastic review by Pulitzer prize winning critic Jonathan Gold of the LA Weekly of its highly adventuresome menu and a glowing review from the LA Time’s own S. Irene Virbila about her only in Downtown culinary and sensory experience of every kind when she described how she woke up in her bed the morning after – and wondered if the night before had all just been a dream.


And all this is available for you to sample within a couple hundred feet of the venue.


But before tackling all that wining and dining there is still more art and fashion to see – over a couple dozen more stores to visit along Main and Spring between 4th and 7th – with each store’s hours to be announced by Wednesday night when the official Fashion Walk map goes on-line.

1 comment:

LoveHat said...

This is Heather (Sonrisa Leigh) Stage Door Daisy of the millinery guild. Last night's event was simply marvelous. It was historical first millinery show during a fashion week.