With the multitudes of stylish people sweating under the sweltering sun at Grand Hope Park in downtown Los Angeles on June 5th, an air of anticipation was readily apparent for the debut runway show of Vanteria Di Eleganza, designed by Reggie Aguiluz.
Born and raised in San Diego, the designer followed his passion to FIDM in Los Angeles where he graduated in 2010. Inspired and influenced by urban art, lifestyle photography, and designers such as Marc Jacobs and the late Alexander McQueen, Aguiluz created his premier apparel collection with a confident, sexy, and edgy woman in mind. A rock n roll edge combined with a grungy chic style echoes throughout the entire collection. Emulating the 80's and the 90's with a dash of the futuristic, the runway was replete with leggings of every conceivable material, ripped jersey tees, boldly embellished pieces, gray stonewashed denim, short inseams and zipper embellishments.
The most successful pieces in the collection were among the more simple pieces: tees emblazoned with minimal logos, some of the less embellished and altered garments and many of the leggings. While the street wear collection was not uniformly unique it did emphasize what is great about the young and confident city girl: she is tough, sexy, and you’re not totally sure if she is going to kiss you or punch you.
Written by Scott Wicken