Havana Nights opens LA Fashion Week 2012

October 02, 2012

The Gallery Los Angeles,  is gearing up to kick off its eighth season of L.A. Fashion Weekend. The epic three-day affair, held in the heart of Hollywood at Sunset Gower Studios from October 19-21, gives industry insiders and fashion fiends alike the chance to preview fresh celebrity collaborations and cutting-edge emerging designers while mingling with L.A.’s finest. Shows kick off Friday, October 19th with doors opening at 5:00 pm for media and 6:00 pm for invited guests. Opening night includes Spring 2013 swimwear collections from Havana Nights by Christina Milian for Nicolita Swimwear, Amelie Swimwear, and Culture Swimwear. Saturday’s show will showcase the hottest in the up-and-coming designer division including Wolfeep,Parides, and Black Hearts Brigade. Doors open at 5:00 pm to media and 6:00 pm for invited guests.
Sunday, October 21st is an all day event, opening with the Second Annual “Just Fashion” show at 2:00 pm, hosted by Public Counsel, and closing with the women’s contemporary and couture brands show at 8:00 pm. Shows will highlight popular designers Anthony Franco, Dina Bar-El, Nathanaelle, and G. Kim. Just Fashion is open to the public and all proceeds will benefit Public Counsel, the Nation’s largest pro-bono law firm. Media should arrive at 11:00 am for “Just Fashion” and 5:00 pm for the closing show.
This season, L.A. Fashion Weekend boasts its biggest sponsor lounge yet. Guests can glam up their looks with some last minute red carpet radiance at a state-of-the-art Beauty Bar featuring beauty industry frontrunner and title sponsor Wella Professional’s Braid Bar, rejuvenating mud facials from Glam Glow, and full makeup applications by Napoleon Perdis.

Hoodie Buddie will keep things casual in its custom teepee filled with its signature sweatshirts. Nobu Caesars Palace, the official Lounge sponsor, will give guests a sneak peak of its new Vegas hotel through a hotel room installation and delicious catering from its room service menu. Little Black Dress Vodka will provide an open bar with additional refreshments from Lovoka Liqueur and Diabolo.

“I’m really excited about the new additions to L.A. Fashion Weekend this year, both in our sponsor Lounge and on our runway, which will feature many returning designers, but also some great new talent,” says L.A. Fashion Weekend Executive Producer and The Gallery L.A. Founder, Mikey Koffman. “Every year, my goal is to go above and beyond the year before and create the best possible platform for brands to showcase themselves. We’ve gone in a new direction this year, and our partners, like Wella Professionals and Nobu Caesars Palace, have helped us create a luxury experience that willset L.A. Fashion Weekend apart from the rest.” Additional sponsors include Public Counsel, Bibby Financial, Porsche Beverly Hills, American Gentleman, Runway Magazine, Hollyscoop, LA Splash Magazine, the LA Fashion Magazine, and California Apparel News. For a complete schedule of events, please visit www.LAFashionWeekend.com.
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. Koffman’s extensive background producing runway shows in L.A., Las Vegas, and New York City led her to start The Gallery Los Angeles, a full-service marketing and event production company. Since 2005, Koffman and The Gallery LA have been an integral force to Los Angeles Fashion Week and an original member of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios. After Mercedes Benz Fashion Week’s final season, Koffman created L.A. Fashion Weekend and moved her high-profile
fashion show to Sunset Gower Studios in the heart of Hollywood. Today, 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.

In addition to her work with L.A. Fashion Week, Koffman also produces runway shows in conjunction with the Magic International tradeshow. Her shows have successfully put brands on the map with key buyers and media, resulting in the launch of a number of emerging lines. Koffman has appeared as a fashion expert and stylist on a variety of TV morning shows and news stations and was also featured on the first season of the hit Showtime series “The Real L Word.” For more information on Mikey Koffman and L.A. Fashion Weekend, please visit www.thegalleryla.com and www.losangelesfw.com. ‘Like’ us on Facebook (/thegalleryla) and follow us on Twitter (@thegalleryla).

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Fit Guide and Suggested Styles

Do you hate when your bikini bottoms dig into your hips? Have no fear, Nicolita NO PINCH FIT Cuban Style Bottoms are here!!

Hola! I'm Nicolita owner & designer Nicole Di Rocco. In this video I'll show you why and how we created our signature Nicolita Bottom fit.

Nicolita has one-of-kind swimwear styles that are carefully designed to flatter your figure. Say goodbye to those ill-fitting bikini bottoms and say hello to comfort and fit!

Below are a few of our most popular styles that were designed with YOUR hips in mind.

Welcome to the Nicolita Fitting Room!

I want to help you find the Perfect Fit Nicolita Style. Below I have created a Nicolita Swimwear Fit guide to match your curves with our swimwear options and styles. If you still have questions of which bikini or one piece style would look best with your body shape just Call 866-NICOLITA (866-642-6548)  Email hola@mynicolita, or Skype me @mynicolita.     

Over the last 13 years since I started Nicolita in 2003, I have worked with a lot of Nicolita clients on selecting the perfect swimsuit for them. I'm the first to admit that wearing a bikini or one piece swimsuit can be challenging for the majority of us. Even if you have a rockin' body, there are certain styles that work better on certain body shapes.

But I am a strong believer that there is the perfect swimsuit out there for you. And we have gone ahead and picked out some styles that are flattering for you!

Larger cup sizes (D cup and up)

Women with larger cup sizes are primarily looking for 2 things when trying on swimwear: coverage and support. While going up a size in the top can provide more coverage, some styles just won’t provide the coverage and support you may be looking for. Look for styles with side boning and molded cups to give you the support and coverage you desire, without the pinching of an underwire!

For support and coverage, check out:
Maria Knotty Wrap Twist Top

Molded Push Up Bikini Top


Smaller Bust

Have a smaller bust and want to create the illusion of a bigger chest? Styles with details like ruffles and molded cups will add volume and create cleavage!

For adding volume to a smaller chest, check out:

Haute Dot Bow Tie Bikini Tube Top

Rumba Ruffles Triangle Halter


Broad Shoulders

If you’re looking to tone down the appearance of broad shoulders, look for one-shoulder and detailed tops which will draw attention away from wide set shoulders. Deep V necklines will keep the attention focused on your chest and the low cut back will make your shoulders appear more narrow.

To elongate the torso, check out:

Rumba Ruffles One Shoulder Top

Neon Bloom Deep V One Piece


Not So Curvy

Looking to add more curve to that backside? Look for bottoms with backside details like ruffles, shirring, or our signature knotty bottom. These details add more curve to your bottom and create a more shapely bum. 

To add curves to a not so curvy bottom, check out:

Rumba Ruffles Forgiven Bottom

Signature Knotty Bottom


Tummy Control

We all have those days we would rather cover our midsection. To conceal your midriff while flattering your other assets, look for styles that have shirring throughout the midsection to camouflage any insecurities.

For tummy control, check out:

Deep V One Piece With Shirring

Noche Cha Cha High-Waisted Bottoms


More Coverage Overall

Trying to keep your skin out of the sun, or just desire to be more covered? Look for styles that provide more coverage without sacrificing style, like high-neck tops, high-waist bottoms, and one pieces!

For more coverage, check out:

Gina High Neck One Piece

Retro High Waist Bottom