Things have been a little different for LA’s Fashion Week in the last few years. Venues are all over town and at private residences, unlike the old days where it was mostly at Smashbox. The positives are that that the variety and size of the venues allow for more attendees. The negatives are of course, sometimes it’s impossible to go everywhere. But we tasted a few cocktails among the taste-makers and saw a few shows.
Especially exciting was designer Dina Bar-el and Betsey Johnson’s shows at LA Fashion Weekend at Sunset Gower Studios. Bar-el rapidly became a celeb award-show favorite after her one of her dresses appeared in Kate Hudson’s movie How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days. Victoria Beckham, Hudson, Penelope Cruz, Fergie of the Black-Eyed Peas, Carmen Electra, Dancing With the Star’s Karina Smirnoff, Smash’ Catherine McPhee and LA TV reporter Nancy O’Dell have all worn her gowns and dresses.
These days the former model turned designer admits she gets a lot of work from the Hollywood industry. So does that mean she only does that now?
“Not really,” she says, “but that’s what I do all the time. I like the glamor. I like the beauty but in short dresses, there’s a change, right?”