Highlights from COAST Tradeshow


Karen Bennett, the CEO of COAST recently expanded her show to Nashville.

Coast originated from a boutique hotel in Miami beach in 2007. Since then, the show has grown rapidly and now hosts four annual events in Miami. Karen foresaw the hot market in Nashville and this October showcased at the Silver Point Studio for the first time. Nashville Fashion Alliance and O’more College of Design were a few of their partners for this event.


Here are some of the designers that stood out to us



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Images from the Tradeshow by: www.PattyCole.com


Sapphire Dawn Jewelry

Sapphire Dawn Jewelry

I have always been such a fan of jewelry. Taking a boring outfit and giving it a new breath of fresh air is what jewelry does! Retail buyers are constantly on the lookout for upcoming brands to offer to their customers. Sapphire Dawn is a wholesale brand that caters to that eager buyer! Let’s learn more about this brand from the owner, Chanel Miller.


Chanel Miller

What made you decide to start your company? 

Passion for people and the desire to work in a purpose driven company that is geared to contribute positively to our world and make a difference. My vision was to empower previously unemployed people and offer them an opportunity for skill development with the hope of restoring their dignity and assisting them to support their families.

What is your company known for or what is unique about it?

 Our mission is to bring back Hope and Dignity to previously unemployed people. We wish to distribute exceptionally beautifully hand crafted Jewelry to gifts shop and boutiques, and develop awareness and support for ethically traded products. All jewelry is not mass produced, we carry limited numbers per design. Each item is a piece of art to be treasured by customers who wear them. We want clients to feel they have stock that is something different to what is found in chain stores.


What do you enjoy most about your job?

 I’ve always had a passion for jewelry design, but never realized I would love teaching and training as much as I do. I would most certainly say that imparting of skills and knowledge to my team of previously disadvantaged women is the most rewarding part of my job.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? 

We had the great privilege of designing a necklace for Celine Dion while she was performing in Las Vegas at her show.

What would you say the hardest part of growing this business is?

 Our greatest challenge is to find Sales Representatives who are equally passionate about our cause and can ignite the same passion with store owners who wish to carry our line.

What is your daily routine like? 

We are tremendously busy and as a ‘women only team’ we have fully mastered the art of multi-tasking. The girls not only manufacture, quality control, manage and dispatch stock, they also check our social media accounts to keep in touch with our fans and followers online on a daily basis.

What is your philosophy of life?

 I believe the answer to happiness is seeking your purpose and using your talents in the area you are most passionate about. Life is an opportunity to fulfill our purpose, master skills, and ultimately to leave a legacy that contributes positively to our world.

What is your goal over the next 5 years?

 We are looking for independent Sales Representatives to carry our line in all 52 States in the USA

What is one thing that you would like people to know about this brand that they might not otherwise know? 

Our name Sapphire Dawn has a special meaning to us. The symbolism of the Sapphire is “The Fulfillment of Dreams” and “Dawn” symbolizes “New Beginnings”. By purchasing our Jewelry and Gifts, you can contribute to Fulfilling the Dreams of our Team and making New Beginnings in their lives possible.


I have this necklace from the brand and love it!

To learn more: www.sapphiredawn.co.uk

Photos by: Patty Cole: http://www.PattyCole.com

Designer’s Fabric Swap Event

Los Angeles Fashion Week Design Competition will be hosting its first fabric swap. Fabric swaps are a great way to clean out your studio and add to your designing without breaking the bank.  You can also network with local creators and swap unused fabrics, threads, buttons, ribbons, etc.  Exchange them for new items that work perfect for your next project.
Boutique with Michelle Uberreste from Season 1 of Project Runway.
EXCITING NEWS: L.A. Sewcial Club will also be in the building. ( L.A.SEWCIALCLUB )
L.A. Sewcial Club brings together creative & crafty people for the purpose of sewing,
crafting, and socializing (Sewcializing)! No Sewing Experiece Necessary for any Event.

What you need to bring:
A brown shopping bag filled to the top with goodies.
A friendly attitude
Cash if you wish to shop from our 70% off boutique which will be filled with silks, vintage fabrics, designer goods, and much more.

: To receive your FREE entry,email: lola_alexander@hotmail.com

Don’t miss the raffle prizes,giveaways and cupcake bar.
The Los Angeles Fashion Week (LAFW) Design competition is honored to have celebrity Designer Dom Streater,winner of Project Runway season 12. She will be featuring her latest collection as well as being apart of our judging panel.
Thank you so much for considering this opportunity, www.lafwdc.com

PARIS Fashion Week: S/S 14 Alexis Mabille

Alexis Mabille

The theme for this collection “Yes, she’s a bomb” is no understatement. The impact of that explosion is visible when the show opens with an unbuttoned army green jumpsuit that exposes a Von Follies bra by Dita Von Teese. Western and tomboy design details manifest a cowgirl industrial worker that is rough on the edges but sexy at the core. Revealing the creations with fringe cowboy boots, waist belts with oversized buckles and blue head wraps complete the look. Navy blue, mustard yellow and army green are the primary colors used to feature the incredible silhouettes consisting of intricate wrapped skirts, elaborate cinched dresses and retro shorts.  This bombshell intends to stop you dead in your tracks.

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LAFW Design Competition!


As part of its worldwide activities to support creativity in the fashion sector, the Los Angeles Design competition is launching their first edition of Competitions for Young Fashion Designers.
LAFWDC is a platform for creative minds and emerging designers.  It was created to give exposure, visibility, support, and a voice to emerging talent from around the world.Some of fashions notable insiders have been asked to select 10 finalists.
These finalists will be given their very own runway show in Los Angeles.  The prestigious panel of judges will decide the winner from the 10 finalists during the runway show.  The winner will be announced at the completion of the show; they will receive a $1,000 cash award, and a 4-page spread in Nickii Jean Magazine.
The Los Angeles Fashion Week (LAFW) Design competition is honored to have celebrity Designer Dom Streater, winner of the season 12 competition of Project Runway.  She will be featuring her latest collection as well as being apart of our judging panel.

PARIS Fashion Week: S/S14 Louis Vuitton

Fashion week brings admiration and excitement to the city of lights. Paris is known for self-expression and innovation, this year’s Spring/Summer 2014 radiates perfection.

Louis Vuitton

Marc Jacobs showcases his last year designing for Louis Vuitton with a dramatic ending. When the clock strikes, the ambiance of the dark under-ground world is exposed. The direction and attention seems to be more on the surroundings than the actual collection itself. A carousel, fountain, elevator and escalators are all props used.  In addition to the props, the entire atmosphere was black- including the collection. Understanding the vision and theme behind the designs is challenging. Feathers hats are worn to create cohesiveness across the line. Feathers are also used as design details in the silhouettes. Opening the show is a graphic bodysuit that promotes the collection. Elaborate embellishments on fishnet, jackets and dresses are the center pieces of the creations. Jeans are paired with the black extravagant pieces to balance the look. The vibe characterizes a gothic woman that prefers a life of utter solitude.


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LONDON Fashion Week: S/S14 Temperley London

Temperley London is known for a feminine and enduring collection. The Temperley London lady is “a sexy, strong, well-travelled and confident woman. She knows her own identity but yet is comfortable enough to experiment with different styles and shapes” says Temperley.

The collection is embodied by incredible embellishments, lively patterns and a unique artisan technique. The color palette is mixing highs and lows to bring a uniform look. Fabrics drape perfectly on the body to maintain definition.

‘Temperley London’ dresses can be seen on: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Florence Welsh, Demi Moore and Jennifer Lopez.

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