Several years ago I had the pleasure of meeting fashion desinger, Mila Hermanovski. If the name sounds familiar, you must be a "Project Runway" fan. Mila was a runner-up on Season 7 and a contender on Project Runway 2012, best known for her willingness to take risks and her conceptual designs.
Recently, Mila launched her A/W 2012 Collection during L.A. Fall Fashion Week. I was privileged to have front row seating-something I had never attained at a runway show in New York City. Thank you, Mila!
Inside the venue, which had previously been a magnificent church in downtown Los Angeles, the atmosphere was just as exciting as East Coast shows. The lights dimmed, strains of upbeat music resounded and models began their stroll down the stark white runway wearing the creations of my dear friend.
All designers have an inspiration that they carry throughout their collection. Mila was influenced by the Op art of the '50s and the works of Joseph Eber. When I spoke with Mila about her design style she stated, "My design style is similar to my personal style, which is functional/edgy/timeless with a twist. A typical everyday outfit for me is MILA leggings (or skinny jeans) a long tee or tank and a blazer or long cardigan. I always need to feel comfortable in my daily life, but also want to feel fashion forward! Clothes make me feel good. I do design with myself in mind, but also women who have diverse lifestyles. I use fabrics that feel good."
It was easy to read her inspiration in the bold statement Mila made on the runway. She showed a variety of textures, geometric patterns, unique hemlines and necklines. Although the palette was predominately black, shades of gray, white and a pop of bright chartreuse appeared just where needed to take the audience by surprise.
Her signature panel leggings showcased many of her looks. It is evident that Mila has a penchant for detail. A black matte sequin and leather gown was a stand-out.
Jewelry by Sarah Loertsher accessorized the outfits, creating a marriage of style and design. Sarah's jewelry can be described as "an explosion of geometric forms." She has a unique technique of constructing simple wire into hard edge, slightly chaotic structures.
The well-constructed garments shown on the runway demonstrated Mila Hermanovski's ability to mix fabrics-leather, cashmere, silk and matte jersey-to achieve an overall sophisticated, yet edgy look.
"When I came out with Holly (model) at the end of the show it was exhilarating. I was very proud! There is nothing quite like the feeling of watching the collection come to life as a whole, on beautiful models," Mila said.
Mila Hermanovski has arrived in the fashion world!
Mila is currently working on the upcoming sequel to "Star Trek."