Sono Studios Pops Off A Night of Music & Art
w/ Special Guest Future.
Last night Hennessy V.S partnered with Complex Mag at Sonos Studios in LA for A Night of Music & Art with guest performer Future. A line flooded the streets of La Brea for the Hennessy V.S sponsored event. The night was full of excitement as guests sipped on Hennessy V.S specialty mixed drinks, live art by Robert Raimon Roy, and vibes by DJ PASE ROCK. Future, with his highly anticipated forthcoming album Future Hendrix, took to the stage and had the packed studio singing and bobbing to hits. “Same Damn Time,” “Karate Chop,” “Bugatti,” and “Love Song” had the room singing along. A handful of celebrities made it out for the “Very Special” evening such as Karrueche & Christina Milian.
W Hotel Hollywood Kicked Off it’s next Installment of ‘Symmetry Live’ Hosted by Michaelangelo L’Acqua
Michaelangelo L’Acqua, Global Music Director of W Hotels Worldwide, was formally the music director of high fashion labels Gucci & Yves Saint Laurent. He also had a collaboration with Tom Ford, producing fashion shows & events across Milan, Paris & Berlin.
Tuesday April 16th W Hotels Worldwide & International Music Summit (IMS) kicked off IMS Engage with the next installment of their music series, ‘Symmetry Live.’ The event was hosted at W Hotel Hollywood by internationally acclaimed music lifestyle curator, Michaelangelo L’acqua, with a special acoustic performance by UK sensation Foxes. There were notable appearances by Jessica Lowndes (90210), Michael Steger (90210), Perrey Reeves (Entourage), Pete Tong (DJ); Brendan Fallis (DJ), Hannah Bronfman (Entrepreneur/DJ), Ryan Eggold (90210), Sabrina Antoinette (CBE) and more. We had a chance to catch Michaelangelo before the party started to chat about music, the W Hotel & his previous experiences producing events for highly acclaimed fashion designers. We talked about his favorite W Hotel locations, processes he goes through in selecting performers, & his goals. Michaelangelo answered swiftly about his favorite location in Asia, W Hotel Bali. Bali being renowned for its highly developed arts, it must be scenic location his answer is well justified. Amongst W Hotel Bali his other favorite is Barcelona. L’acqua elaborated on the Barcelona hotel, with its panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea providing a scenic view of the gulf & Barceloneta boardwalk. We’re definitely dubbing W Hotel Bali and Barcelona a must visit.
While Michaelangelo’s goal isn’t to be the life of the party but rather bring life to the party. In doing so he goes through lengthy well-supported measures booking talents. He shared the process he goes through in selecting these talents, like going through music blogs and staying as current as possible. He’s also mindful of locations while he’s confirming talents stating “Paris would be much more sheik & hip, while Asia is much more cutting edge & upbeat”.
L’acqua targets artists that on the verge of becoming mainstream. Just as Louisa Rose Allen, singer known as ‘Foxes’, who sang an amazing live acoustic set during the Symmetry Live installment at W Hollywood. Choosing music is not an easy thing to do since different people have different tastes, but after listening to the W Music on the app Michael is on point with whom he chooses to showcase the music section. We can state with confidence that he has a forward thinking mentality, an innovative eye, & ear for musicians, which has certainly helped him succeed and highlight his achievements in the realm of music and fashion. We also had the chance to ask him about artists he looks forward to working with & the first thought that came to his mind was the British electronic band ‘Disclosure’ & the British electronic duo AlunaGeorge. Such great musical talents with both artists, we look forward to these collaborations. Michaelangelo’s goal for the W Hotels worldwide is to create a sonic identity with the brand, and that is exactly what he is doing.
Michaelangelo L’Acqua, Louisa Allen Rose, & Mick Rock
Louisa Allen Rose of ‘Foxes’
Founder/CEO of Annex Magazine Ashley Garcia & Myself
Sabrina Antoinette of Chris Brown Entertainment
Celebrity photographer Mick Rock
Download the W Hotel iPhone App now in the app store. Featuring the W music sections with playlists set for every occasion. Wether you’re on the wet deck drinking, living room lounging, or after dark dancing. Michaelangelo hand picks every playlist, giving you a variety of great artists to dance & lounge to. Click the link below to download now.
Photos provided by Nathan Perez from OHHWELL photography.
Annex was back on the town Friday, April 5 for Stevie Boi presents “Leather” Spring/ Summer Collection launch, partnered with Art Loves Fashion. The whole night echoed with the fusion of art and fashion featuring talented artist with varied mediums, fashion designer Stevie Boi, and an array of eye-catching dressed patrons. The event was held at a club in downtown LA however the venue was transformed to look more like an art gallery then a night club. Guest were invited to indulge in massages, psychic readings, pop up art gallery displays, and performances by local artist. Among the performers was singer/rapper Collet Carr who showcased her unique vocal style along with her unique personal style. A combination of 90s grunge, structured wearable art pieces, and a little bit of zombie with her haunting contacts, her style connected perfectly with the nights theme! Designer Stevie Boi implemented the nights aesthetic throughout his collection. By making one of a kind pieces for both males and females including a chain tank top, leather chaps, and of course the ornate sunglasses and accessories that the art driven designer is legendary for. Over all it was a spectacular night filled with inspired styles, visionary artist, and caped off with a splendid fashion show.
Photos by: Wonho Frank Lee
A couple weeks ago, Annex had the privilege of attending the 4th annual Freedom and Fashion “Ceremony” Fashion Show! Freedom and Fashion is a non-profit organization dedicated to “educating society about the global social issues of modern-day slavery, sex trafficking, child labor, and human rights violations.” They present hope and change for those who have been exploited to these issues through their unique approach of fashion. FNF uses fashion and media to open the eyes of consumers to social good brands and ethically produced goods.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted with an outdoor bazaar with brands that were scheduled to show that day, along with boba and fusion taco trucks. We were then led to an outdoor stage with photo zones and awesome lighting.
During the show we were introduced to some of the social friendly brands like A-Thread, Della, Feliks + Aldrik, Indigenous, Jatalo, Radiant Cosmentics, Senhoa, Sevenly, and The Brave Collection.
We had a blast at the FNF Ceremony show and we hope the best for their awesome cause!
This past Wednesday #TeamAnnex kicked off the night at LA’s Supper Club for the ‘Diane’ issue release party! The guest list filled with over 1,000 party-goers, while the red carpet flooded with camera flashes. Once inside, the all white interior of the club would switch from red, blue, and purple colors from the LED lights. As everyone danced the night away to the mixes from DJ Michaels, Annex projected on each wall around the dance floor for all to see.
Roshon Fegan, (Disney Channels “Shake It Up”) Trevin Hunte, (“The Voice”) Sabrina Antoinette, (signed with Chris Brown’s entertainment label) Warren G, (rapper) and Leslie A. Hughes, (“The Bachelor” Season 17,) were a few of the many celebs that came out to celebrate with us. This night was definitely a great night for networking. All who attended were part of the entertainment and fashion industry in one way or another.
We would like to thank everyone who came out with #TeamAnnex to celebrate our issue release, and a special thank you to Adam Glove with Affinity Nightlife who helped make this night happen. We would also like to thank all of our sponsors. Voli Vodka and Delariva Tequila for supplying the alcohol, Kitson for supplying the gift bags, IPPL clothing and Casenkreation clothing for supplying the product.
The night was young and so was everyone there – the backlot of Ron Herman on Melrose avenue was recreated into an amazing venue filled with live music, drinks, food and interactive spaces to view the new collaboration of Diesel x Edun. During the night Solange Knowles made a wonderful appearance that made the crowds go wild, also singing her new single “Losing You”. Over on the other side of the venue they gave a little taste of authentic food, that was so delicious!
Solange Knowles at the Diesel + Edun event wearing Edun printed shorts from the Spring 2013 collection
Annex writers Candice and Pikka
Being surrounded by fashionable and joyful people it was hard to not enjoy ourselves, not to mention running into the beautifully sweet Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast!
Last Friday night was the celebration and showing of Style PR’s new collection in their showroom which included designers such as Roxanne Nikki, Bryan Hearns and Michael Cinco.
What an amazing night full of inspiration and style! The first collection to walk down was Roxanne Nikki. With the beautiful fabrics she used: velvet, fur and so much more, it created the classy and edgy vibe that was a great start to the night.
Bryan Hearns was up next. Their beauty look was definitely on trend, using the middle part and wet hair looks it was easy to tell that the collection was going to consist of edginess: with futuristic and interesting textures. Even though all of the garments were only for women, it still struck to me as an excellent collection.
Last but not least, Michael Cinco. The opener for his show was a beautiful dark princess dress that didn’t over dramatize the concept or fell under the theme; it was perfect. As the crowd sat in awe, more amazing garments came out; a full headpiece also came into play that was put together with what looked like a skin tight bodysuit. The men’s section of the show also tied in with classy and extravagant; covered heads and oversized hoods created a dark, majestic fairytale.
Sunday marked the second and final day for the petitePARADE. With show after show, we were overwhelmed by all the super chic, sophisticated styles strutting down the runway! Bonnie Young had a marvelous display of floral head wear and form fitting silhouettes for the girls; definitely adding to its high end, fashion forward look. Ballerina inspired dresses, blouses and blazers with gorgeous shoulder and collar detail, and puffed silk jumpers flooded the collection, which was a-okay with us! The boys looked extra dashing in velvet suits, a refreshing veer from wool.
The Bonnie Young show was working so many trends, but one that we were super obsessed with was the sock paired with an open foot shoe. It proved that no fad is out of bounds for children’s fashion.
Cool, confident, with some trendy swag, the boys rocked these velvet suits all the way down the runway!
The rest of the shows followed suit (no pun intended) with this super elegant, urban chic wear. It was actually surprising, since children’s clothing is usually associated with playful patterns and bright colors. But hey, if the designers wanna go upscale, we will go there with them!
The ICE Iceberg show primarily featured boy’s wear, with comfortable trousers, playful varsity jackets, and refined sneakers and boots. Balancing pops of color without overwhelming the look, ICE Iceberg executed a relaxed show while presenting stylish outfits.
Silvan Heach had the girls rockin’ earthy tones—light browns, mustard yellows, and deep peaches, which definitely gave the clothes a cool, effortless vibe. The looks were put together in layered-heaven with knitted sweaters, puffer vests, and sweater shirts. AKA we loved it.
Once the 5 o’clock hour rolled by, we returned to Industria Superstudio to watch the final show featuring Andy & Evan, Beatrix New York, Cupcakes & Pastries, Isabel et Toi, Kissy Kissy, Pimalinda, Reina Mora, Snopea, SUOAK, Umi, Zutano, and Zuzii. Compared to the muted palettes from before, these collections were booming with colors just as bedazzling as the sparkling runway!
The girls came down as JT’s “Suit and Tie” started playing.
We were absolutely obsessed with these looks!
Annex Digital Editor Hannah Harris and cofounder of petitePARADE Gina Rizzo posing on the runway!
And of course we couldn’t resist getting a pic with the one and only celebrity stylist June Ambrose!
A weekend purely dedicated to children and their fashion, petitePARADE was nothing but a pure joy to be a part of. With a huge thank you to petitePARADE for allowing Annex to go back stage, we chatted up with Megan Gage—founder of the organic children’s hairline Hot Tot— and Patricia Dente, founder of the kids-friendly nail polish line Little BU. There was not one detail of the weekend not centered on the young ones; a true testament to the hard work put into this event. Oh, and we couldn’t forget about nine year old DJ Fulano who took charge of the music and kid reporters Tristin and Tyler capturing each happening of the weekend. petitePARADE captured the energy of being young: the outfits were playfully chic, the audience was supportive and loving, and most importantly, we all had fun.
Photo Credit: John Parra
This past weekend, #TeamAnnex was lucky enough to attend the biannual petitePARADE. Sponsored by Vogue Bambini and located at the Industria Superstudio in the Meatpacking District, this two-day event was filled with joy, excitement, and super stylish kid’s wear—both on the runway and in the crowds! Oh, and not to mention mega television stars were in attendance, including celebrity stylist June Ambrose, HGTV family sensation the Novogratz’s, Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen of Bravo’s Housewives of New York, and Target’s beloved bull terrier mascot Bullseye. Saturday kicked off this fashion extravaganza with fantastic shows by Target and Diesel where everyone were all smiles…a huge contrast from the typically serious temperaments present in most runway shows!
Digital Editor Hannah Harris first arriving to petitePARADE!
Annex’s very own Digital Editor Hannah Harris and your fellow writer, me!, were first greeted with some yummy treats and ah-mazing goodies. Georgetown Cupcake (located in Soho) provided…as if you couldn’t already guess… cupcakes that were literally sugary goodness bundled up in calorie-galore heaven. All guests were given complimentary bags complete with Target gift cards, nontoxic BU nail polish, Hot Tot conditioner, and socks and scarves for the youngins! It was a sweet gesture and definitely got us excited for the Target show.
Featuring lines by Cherokee, Circo, D’Signed by Disney, Genuine Kids by Oshkosh, Shaun White, and Xhilaration, the Target show was geared towards comfort and color. The outfits had an effortless polished finish, and were booming with bright palettes. Each model flowed down the runway with an airy ease, which showcased a unique balance of style and accessibility—a combo that everyone loves!
Oh, and we couldn’t leave out these cuties…
We love Bullseye!
Sitting right next to their stylist mom, June Ambrose, we spotted Chance and Summer Chamblin. Dressed with pure swag, Hannah and I were ready to find adoption papers and sign us up into that fam!
A couple hours later we returned for the Diesel show. With a total rock-glam aesthetic, the clothing perfectly complimented the scenery and musical performances; all three were bold and 100% rock and roll. The outfits were full of deep colors—blacks, reds, blues, and grays, although some had splashes of yellow and pink! We were loving the little bow ties sported on the boy’s—they gave each ensemble a stylish flirty edge. It was refreshing to not only see children’s fashion get attention, but to also see boy’s wear get extra love too!
The show kicked off in true style with a model break dancing!
Diesel proved that fun bow ties can serve as little formal embellishments to give any casual fashionisto a refined touch.
The girls killed it in these shimmering metallic looks!
School of Rock performed towards the end of the show.
The energy of the models and guests ignited the venue, and definitely got us super inspired for the next day! To say Target and Diesel set the bar high would be an understatement.
Photo Credit: John Parra
It was an honor to attend PROJECT, held in the city of Las Vegas I was the first of not many to see an innovative & fresh take on what the street, skate, surf & unique trendsetting fashion brands have yet to show. This year President of PROJECT Tommy Fazio launched PROJECT MVMNT featuring brands & trendsetters such as Vintage Frames, Android Homme, SSUR & Joyrich to name a few. This compelling roster of brands took over the floor elevating it on a new artistic level. Buyers & press roamed the floor searching for booths with collections louder than words in hopes to run into something exciting. Day 1 at PROJECT had notable appearance by Big Sean, Swizz Beatz, Shaquille O’Neal, Diplo, MGK, & Pusha T. View below as we roamed PROJECT MVMNT.
Swizz Beatz & Shaquille O’Neal speaking at the Reebok booth.
The lounge for the blogger project curated by Marcus Troy. Top menswear bloggers covered PROJECT looking for trends, emerging brands & the festivities at PROJECT.
Hip & Bone. An emerging contemporary menswear line based in Montreal.
Singer Lil’ Debbie & Creative Director/Designer of Joyrich David Melgar.
Stance Socks showing their Fall/Winter 2013 collection.
The Vintage Frames Company booth, ran by Cory Shapiro was a popular destination throughout the show.
Kill City showing off their famed biker jacket.
Skingraft needs no explanation with their cutting edge designs.
Ran into Machine Gun Kelly & his clique with Matt Kahn designer of IPPL Co.
Adriano Goldschmed hosting an open bar to his clients in his luxurious wooden booth.
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