The sixteen-piece collection, created by designer Andrea Abaunza, draws from her native Colombia's diverse ecosystems, landscapes, historic and archeological sites, its people and their cultures. Her prints were inspired by such natural wonders as the Rainbow Ameiva, a lizard with ombre skin, and the 14,000 butterfly species Colombia has to offer. In addition, Colombia is home to some 90 indigenous groups with a variety of interesting cultures, which prompted her alluring native print. Colombia’s contrasting seascapes led to the selection of vibrant blues and turquoise, the uniting color of the collection, with accents of lilac, fuchsia, orange, and red, to evoke an exotic and vibrant tone. The collection uses only knitted elasticized fabrics (a combination of polyamide and elastane), silk and silk chiffon.
Andrea was born and raised in Colombia and became a California lover in 2000. She has always had a deep connection to nature, and a passion for life. While in Colombia, her mother’s seamstress saw her unique talent for fashion and persuaded her to start a career in it. Andrea’
“Amelie is named after my grandmother who is an elegant and talented woman. She has always been a great inspiration to me. One of the most important aspects about this line is making a positive contribution to society through passion and love for fashion. This line was created to embrace different body types with sophisticated designs and the highest possible quality fabrics. I want women to feel beautiful and comfortable while exuding confidence through my labels Feel, Love, Live.”
“We’re excited to see the Amelie collection on the runway this year. The brand has woven together some beautiful colors in unique styles that are sure to catch everyone’s eye,” said L.A. Fashion Weekend Executive Producer and The Gallery L.A. Founder Mikey Koffman.
Abaunza’s collection, Amelie, will be shown at L.A. Fashion Weekend at Sunset Gower Studios on October 19th, 2012, along with Havana Nights by Christina Milian for Nicolita Swimwear, Culture Swimwear and Kate Swim. Doors open to media at 5pm, to invited guests at 6pm, and the show begins at 8pm. The collection will be available for purchase at www.amelieswimwear.com.
About L.A. Fashion Weekend:
Mikey Koffman, Founder of The Gallery Los Angeles and Executive Producer of L.A. Fashion Weekend, has been a mainstay in L.A.’s fashion world for over 10 years as both a producer and innovator. In its eighth season, L.A. Fashion Weekend continues to be one of L.A. Fashion Week’s most sought-after events and sets the stage for high-level brands, products, and services.
For more information on Mikey Koffman and L.A. Fashion Weekend, please visit www.thegalleryla.com and www.losangelesfw.com.
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