July 14th was the official launch and one year anniversary of the L’Shandi line by Lara Akinsanya. Attendees were treated to not one, but TWO fashion shows, at the fantastic Glenview mansion in Rockville. The outdoor fashion show was held on the grounds of the mansion (gorgeous!) and the models walked on a real catwalk with tricky steps to boot (and no one fell!). The indoor show was held in various rooms in the mansion and was the perfect setting for the more upscale designs featuring African lace designs. The whole event was exquisite and the presentation and execution flawless. The outdoor show lasted about 10 minutes and featured at least 20 outfits in African wax print. We were all at the edge of our seats waiting for each model to make her an appearance in a new L’Shandi wax print design. I had a front row seats and here and are some of my favorites from the first fashion segment:
After the first segment guests mingled and then settled in various couches and chairs for the grand finale show: the African lace designs. What was so unique about this segment is that as a guest you really felt like you were a part of the show—we saw the models up close and personal as they walked through each room of a very LONG hallway of rooms. There were many photo ops especially if you had a seat near the staircase where the models made their entrance –a fantastic angle and a great way to introduce each outfit. Plus we each got goodie bags filled with: goodies!! The whole ambiance was so NY or LA—truly stellar. Nenye productions really turned this event out!
The lace fabric is where Lara’s truly differentiates her line. The cut and silhouette of the dresses are simple because the fabric is the star of the clothing here. The dresses are quite simply a work of art with meticulous attention to detail. These are some of my favorites:
Lara in a lovely yellow number with model Ana Maria
Lara and I, striking a pose.
It was so refreshing to attend a fashion show with a diverse group of models, a wide spectrum of color pallettes and prints, a great group of guests and really modern, fashionable and simple designs from Lara Akinsanya’s L’Shandi’s line. After the show, all guests were given the opportunity to shop the lines at wholesale prices. Who could resist! I bought one of Lara’s dresess and will be wearing it to an upcoming wedding in NY. I will look….divalicious (I just made up a new word–I like it!). I will share that photo in an August post.
For the record, you heard it hear first: The L’Shandi line currently on sale in NY boutiques will soon be in DC area boutiques. Look out Georgetown, DC, Lara Akinsanya is on her way baby!!
Natalie Jobity, Elan Image Management