I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.
Yves Saint Laurent
What an exciting Fashion Week for Los Angeles. I want to congratulate the many designers and venues that helped to make the week a success. I am especially proud to have been invited to so many events for several reasons. Firstly, I made a conscious effort to show my support for Fashion Week Los Angeles this year. Secondly, fashion designers, event coordinators, and show photographers were very receptive to my attendance. Thirdly, I had a chance to share my thoughts on modeling and men’s fashion with other professionals in the industry. And lastly, shortly after I started to write about some of the fashion designers I met, I received questions from blog followers about what I had been reporting. I am proud to be a conduit for discussions about fashion.
Oh, and thank you for subscribing! For the first time, last week my blog had more readers in Canada than in the U.S. I also want to welcome new readers from Thailand, Spain, Bahrain, Indonesia, and India. Surprisingly, the highest group of readers outside the U.S. are from the Netherlands.
So where am I today?… Today I’m writing to you from 35,000 feet in the air. I’m inside of an aluminum cylinder and periodically being greeted by the beautiful staff of Air France. In case you have not guessed, I am onboard an airplane. Interestingly enough, Kerstin Alm (the Swedish photographer I wrote about in my past blog entry) is a retired veteran of my new favorite airline(AirFrance). I shouldn’t be surprised since possessing a great personality and an excellence driven spirit seems to be a requirement to wear the distinguished uniform of the prestigious airline. More often now I am modeling across the country and overseas. So where am I going this time? This trip takes me to Paris then to Morocco, where I will be visiting agencies and photographers in Casablanca and Marakeesh. Afterwards, my adventure will return me to Paris then New York for more agency visits.
Before I open the shutter, stretch my legs, and stare out into the clear blue sky I have to share with you my favorite designer of LA Fashion Week. While I would have prefered to see more designers of men’s fashion take part, I have to admit that there was one woman’s clothing designer who kept everyone’s attention… Tara Haggiag.
“Azada by Tara” is a line of clothing created by fashion designer Tara Haggiag. I first saw Tara’s designs on the runway of Hollywood’s Top Designer Awards Fashion Show. There was a certain lure to Tara’s designs. The powerful, finely woven design had an East-meets-West kind of feel. While it was the first line to appear on the runway, it left a lasting impression on my mind and the mind of my cohort, Brett Miller.
I had an opportunity to meet Tara Haggiag backstage after the show. After showing me a beautiful head-dress worn by one of the models, Tara shared with me the inspiration for her latest line. The robes, dresses, and skirts are made of hand-woven fabric whose origins are of South-East Asia. Tara attempts to create clothing that is in essence magical and imaginative, yet realistic.
As I watched Tara’s designs on the runway, I couldn’t help but feel like I took a trip to a land of unchartered diversity. I was inspired by how native the material looked and how tribal the designs appeared. The clothing appeared to speak to every ancestry found in the world. Yet the clothing was strikingly sexy and exotic. The models were no exception. Tara, you created something unique that is worthy of more advanced runway shows. You hoped we saw what you were attempting to create and WE GET IT!
After the show, I hope that there would be a few breathtaking photographs (no plug intended) of Tara Haggiags clothing line as it appeared on the runway. And then I remembered running into Photographer Eugene Biscardi. I distinctly remembered Eugene for his unconventional place at the runway as he took photographs. I received many photos from photographers who captured Azada’s line. But Eugene’s up-close and varied approach towards the models as they walked down the runway made the best shots. Eugene has many years of experience shooting runway shows for major brands such as Burberry, Valentino, Trussardi, and DSquared to name a few.
As I tried to find out more about Tara Haggiag’s Azada line, I found this great video illustrating some of her designs. I hope you enjoy it.