Quynh Paris’ Futuristic Fall/Winter 2016-2017 Show

The stars sparkled in the sky and on the runway at the super sparkly “The Light of the Stars” Quynh Paris Fall/Winter 2016-2017  at the Pacific Design Center (PDC).  The PDC turned out to be the perfect venue for Quynh as it was a romantic setting with a vast runway surrounded by water, which really highlighted Quynh’s futuristic designs, which were inspired by the elements.


“My couture pieces and my ready to wear pieces have the same inspiration: the universe and all its stars. Via my couture pieces we can see nebulae, planets, light beams…In my ready to wear pieces we can see the trajectory of lights, either straight lines or curves,” said Quynh.

All this made for a vivid, whimsical and exciting show. It was reminiscent of Jane Fonda’s Barbarella on the runway.

Acclaimed designer Quynh has a great mix of East meets West given her worldly outlook and the fact that she has studios in Paris, Saigon, and Southern California!  Even the crowd at Quynh’s events was worldly with prominent members of the Vietnamese community like the Mayor of Fountain Valley Mike Vo to noted members of the press and Vietnamese artists as well as a European , Middle Eastern and American guests.

I also enjoyed the opening of the show, which started with a spirited performance from international singer Thanh Thoi. Thanh was dressed to impress with a top hat and a cool bespoke jacket designed  by Quynh. His rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” added to the ethereal theme of the evening and was a stellar beginning.

“Thanh comes from Australia. I loved his voice and presence  the first time I heard him sing. He is not only a singer, but  also a dancer and a stage director,” she added.

He has much in common with Quynh, who is an accomplished painter, dancer and violinist before she became a fashion designer. This multi-talented artist  incorporates her love of these art forms in her stylish couture collections with volume, asymmetric constructions, 3D sculpture structures that have a life of their own, as well as fluid movements, painting and her use of rich colors and intricate details.

More about Quynh at http://www.quynhparis.com/

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Bacaro LA Wine and Cicchetti Bar in Downtown

The Hollywoodpresscorps.com was delighted to find Bacaro LA Wine and Cicchetti bar, a gem of a restaurant in the downtown district of Los Angeles. Surrounded by college students and culture, this small, rustic hideaway offers an impressive assortment of wine, beer and delectable cicchetti.

BacaroLA in Downtown Los Angeles
BacaroLA in Downtown Los Angeles

The Italian word Cicchetti is another way of saying small snacks or side dishes, typically served in traditional “bàcari” (cicchetti bars or osterie) in Venice, Italy. More commonly known in the United States  as “tapas” which is the Spanish version of the same craft of small plates.

Comfortable ambiance for students and business people Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Comfortable ambiance for students and business people
Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The clientele was a mix of college students, business people and romantic diners. The fun decor and ambiance gives this restaurant a comfortable and thoughtful vibe. Wine and beer menus are chalked onto the black board walls, along with evening specials and featured menus. The ceiling is lighted by an eclectic wine bottle fixture that truly sets the tone for the dining experience.

The Kronfli brothers along with their amazing chef Lior Hillel have mastered unique flavors, colors and combinations for each of their small plate creations. The Hollywoodpresscorps.com tasted their complete seasonal special menu as well as a few additional other favorites recommended by General Manager Alex Kefalos.

Seared Scallops were unbelievably delicious Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Seared Scallops were unbelievably delicious
Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The seasonal menu is highly recommended and consists of SEARED SCALLOPS carrot puree, crispy capers, white truffle olive oil $12; CRISPY SKIN SALMON calabrese pepper ragu, fennel salad, grilled sourdough $12; CHIPOTLE CHICKEN WINGS buttermilk batter, smoked pepper sauce, blue cheese dressing $9; and GOAT CHEESE SEMIFREDDO elderflower syrup, oatmeal crumble, macerated mixed berries $6.

Goat cheese with berries Photo by J Hansen Pullos
Goat cheese with berries
Photo by J Hansen Pullos

In addition to these treats, we also had a sampling of the recommended white and red wine, as well as their famous baked chicken breast, mushroom pizza, and the unforgettable Noa’s buffalo cauliflower. But, it was all so delicious, we continued to order more! After a table-side visit from Chef de Cuisine, Matt Albright, we were convinced to try Tal’s Tower – skewered shrimp-stuffed mushrooms with green garlic oil on a baked baguette that was a visual delight as well as a culinary pleasure. And he sent us the Bacaro fries which were a fantastic twist on traditional garlic fries with a fried egg perfectly cooked and placed on top.

Tai's Tower, Shrimp stuffed mushroom skewers Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Tai’s Tower, Shrimp stuffed mushroom skewers
Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

To top off out incredible evening we sampled two delicious desserts, HOMEMADE BREAD PUDDING with vanilla ice cream $5 and MALABI rosewater custard with shaved coconut, hibiscus flower, and ground pistachio $5.

They even feature a fun happy hour and other great deals throughout the week including wine down Wednesdays were each round of wine is $1 cheaper than the last, until the round is free!

This unique and sophisticated wine and cicchetti bar is a definite favorite of The Hollywoodpresscorps.com and we highly recommend it to anyone near the downtown Los Angeles area. We are looking forward to our next visit when we will taste the meatier selections from the menu, stay tuned!


Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Cadillac Zack presents Lionel Young at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon

The Maui Sugar Mill in Tarzana California, in association with Cadillac Zack, had the honor of presenting the amazing blues artist, Lionel Young this Monday night.

Lionel Young on electric violin. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps
Lionel Young on electric violin. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps

The crowd was especially enthusiastic when Young brought out his electric violin and began to woo the audience with his skill, technique, and personality.

Lionel Young at the Sugar Mill Saloon. Photo by Judy Hansen Pullos
Lionel Young at the Sugar Mill Saloon. Photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

Lionel Young is a classically trained musician with a high energy style and is known for his distinctive brand of blues on the electric violin. Born in Rochester, New York, Lionel Young began taking violin lessons at the age of six and  was a member of the Pittsburgh Opera-Ballet Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra which later commissioned him to play bluegrass and blues for their summer festival and on a tour of Japan.

Lionel Young at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon in Tarzana, California. Photo courtesy Judy Hansen Pullos
Lionel Young at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon in Tarzana, California. Photo courtesy Judy Hansen Pullos

Lionel has worked with show biz icons such as: Count Basie, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Paige/Robert Plant, Doc Severenson, Linda Ronstadt, Living Color, Billy Taylor, Woodie Herman, Stanley Turrentine, Homesick James, Homer Brown, Hamlet Bluiett, Chief Bae, and Johnny Long.

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Young bringing down the house with his soulful blues on his electric violin. Photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

Fabulous blues bands and artists can be enjoyed every Monday night beginning at 8:00pm at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon,18389 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356. For more information on these incredible blues and jazz concerts email Cadillac Zack at CadillacZack@socalblues.org.


Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Fall/Winter 2016 Designer Walter Mendez – Runway

Walter Mendez is one of the top clothing designers in Los Angeles, California. The Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Fall/Winter 2016 runway was the perfect event for him to showcase his award winning style and amazing designs.

Walter Mendez' full length gown were all the rage at the Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Fall/Winter 2016 runway. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com
Walter Mendez’ full length gown stunned the runway at the Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Fall/Winter 2016 runway. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com

 

His gowns are often seen on celebrities and many red carpets. His creations often feature dark colors and rich textures. His luxuriant styles appeal to women who love to feel beautiful. He designs haute couture fashions for young women as well as older, cosmopolitan ladies.

Walter Mendez full length gowns were all the rage at the Art Hearts Fashion Week LA 2016. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com
Walter Mendez full length gowns were all the rage at the Art Hearts Fashion Week LA 2016. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com

The fashion photographers of Hollywood packed the Taglyan Events Center last night to get a glimpse of Walter Mendez’ gowns, dresses and his bridal collection. The dark blue, floor length Sienna Gown stunned with its long train and hour glass lines. It’s deep dark color added an air of mystery and sophistication. The crowd was enthusiastic as super models from around the globe strutted down the runway.

Instagram exploded with enthusiasm as photos were posted around the world from Walter Mendez' collection at Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Fall/Winter 2016. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com
Instagram exploded with enthusiasm as photos were posted around the world from Walter Mendez’ collection at Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Fall/Winter 2016. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com

Walter has won many awards in the fashion industry such as the Designer of the Year by the World Networks. He continues to break boundaries by raising the bar in the fashion industry. The textures of the material he uses as well as an eye for quality make him one of the top designers at the 2016 Art Hearts Fashion Week Fall and Winter Showcase.

All eyes were on this dark gown with rich textures at the Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Fall/Winter 2016. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com
All eyes were on this dark gown with rich textures at the Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Fall/Winter 2016. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com

As a top designer that is sought out by celebrities. Walter remains grounded and philanthropic. He is generous with his time and loves to create eye catching gowns for his clientele.

Such iconic designs from Walter Mendez at Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com
Such iconic designs from Walter Mendez at Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com

View the Walter collection at 939 South Hill Street #103, Los Angeles, California, 90015. You can also call or text 213-947-3139 to purchase a gown.

Check out the Walter Collection website here;
http://www.waltercollection.com

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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Award-Winning Designer Melissa Soto’s Career is Flourishing

If you haven’t heard of up and coming fashion designer Melissa Soto, you soon will.  The talented Buenos Aires, Argentina native currently designs for Ring of Fire, a menswear apparel company selling to huge, established retailers such as Macys, Walmart, TJ Maxx, Ross, and many more. Ring of Fire also owns a contemporary high end menswear brand called Departed where she focuses on designing  exquisite leather pieces. In addition to all that, Soto is doing freelance designing for Buemia, a hip, Miami-based, start up shoe company.

Soto wears one of her beautiful designs. Love the red shoes!
Soto wears one of her beautiful designs. Love the red shoes!

Even though she is still in her youth, Soto is a seasoned and talented fashion designer with extensive knowledge of the fashion industry on an international scale. Ever the world influencer, she finished her bachelor’s degree from the University of Buenos Aires, the largest and most prominent design school in Latin America. While still in college, she was designing forJazmin Chebar and Zapatos De María, two of the most prominent brands in her native country. Soto has always focused on shoes, handbags and accessories design, though she is currently designing menswear for the Departed. Two years ago,  she moved to Los Angeles to focus on expanding on her thriving design career. She recently finished a Certificate program at UCLA Extension focused in Marketing with concentration in Social Media and Web Analytics which provides a strong marketing perspective to her vast creativity.

A beautifully designed platform, wedge-like shoe from the Buemia line that Soto designed
A beautifully designed platform, wedge-like shoe from the Buemia line that Soto designed

Well known celebs such as Barbara Palvin and Jennifer Pugh have worn her whimsical designs in addition to Argentinian celebrities such as Juliana Awada (Argentine First Lady), supermodel Astrid Munoz, actress Dolores Fonzi, model Romina Lanaro, Agustina Cordova, and Daniela Botero (model and blogger). Soto was awarded with a Cambridge Career Award in Graphic Design, which is a really sought after award in her industry.

One of multi-talented Soto's great illustrations.
One of multi-talented Soto’s great illustrations.

Her bright and bold designs have appeared in several  high end magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Harpers Bazaar Argentina, Hola! Mag and other renowned Argentine magazines. She has also created beautiful illustrations for the popular  LA-based Galore mag.

As for her future plans, Soto had this to say,” Eventually I would like to have my own brand, dedicated to shoes, handbags and leather goods. I would also like to have stores located in cities that are big fashion hubs here in the US like New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, LA and other cities. Since I have a strong interest in outdoors and travel, I think the direction of the brand would be very active and nature driven. It would be highly influenced by art, photography and music, more like creating very unique art pieces.”

The future looks really bold and bright for Soto much like her vivid designs. More info about Soto at on her instagram page, which is https://www.instagram.com/_melisoto/

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Glitter and Glam at the Taglyan Complex for A Brighter Future For Children Charity Gala

 

The Hollywood Press Corps was delighted to be invited to attend the third annual A Brighter Future for Children Charity Gala at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles, on March 3, 2016. The spectacular event was hosted by The Dream Builders Projects, along with Angeleno Magazine, Prime Five Homes, and Suja. A Brighter Future for Children Charity Gala is raising funds and awareness for the Audrey Hepburn CARES Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Ariel Winter and Laurent Claude Gaudette (C) and freinds
Ariel Winter and Laurent Claude Gaudette (C) and freinds

The event was a huge, sold-out success and was bustling with stars from television, music and movies. Some of the celebrities that Hollywood Press Corps caught up with on the red carpet included Donny Most (Ralph Mouth) of Happy Days.

HPC Editor Dustin Brown with Don Most (Ralph Mouth) Happy Days
HPC Editor Dustin Brown with Don Most (Ralph Mouth) Happy Days

Guests enjoyed delicious cocktails courtesy of Hendricks Gin, Tito’s Vodka, and Tequila by Casa Mexico.  Local artists were on site creating live paintings and attendees were treated to a very rare performance by Grammy award winning composer and pianist, Omar Akram.

The artist was painting on repurposed wood at the event
The artist was painting on repurposed wood at the event

Guests were also invited to try their luck at poker tables. 100% of the proceeds from the gala was donated to the Audrey Hepburn CARES Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The funds donated will help provide comprehensive medical evaluations, treatment, and psychiatric rehabilitation to children who have been affected by physical, sexual, and psychological abuse and neglect.

Claudia Graf attends The Dream Builders Project 3rd Annual 'A Brighter Future For Children' Charity Gala at Taglyan Cultural Complex o
Claudia Graf attends The Dream Builders Project 3rd Annual ‘A Brighter Future For Children’ Charity Gala at Taglyan Cultural Complex
Kelli Berglund sparkled on the red carpet
Kelli Berglund sparkled on the red carpet
Britt Flatmo
Britt Flatmo
Charles Agron
Charles Agron
Jayde Nicole
Jayde Nicole

Some of the celebrities that attended the gala included Julie McNiven (Mad Men), Shaun Ross (Vogue), Genevieve Morton (Sports Illustrated), Jared Harris (The Man From U.N.C.L.E), Alex Meneses (Telenovela) ,Kelli Burglund (Lab Rats), and Ariel Winter (Modern Family), Omar Akram (2016 Grammy Winner), Ken Davitian (Borat), Britt Flatmo (Singer/Songwriter & Super8), Jimmy Jean-Louis (Joy), Brian Krause (Charmed), Don Most (Happy Days), Adrian Paul (Highlander), Kelly Perine (oneonone), Jeffery and Matthew Postlethwaite (Peaky Blinders), Chistopher Sean (Hawaii Five-0), Christopher Reich (Reba), Larry Namer (Founder of E! Entertainment, Jayde Nicole (Kendra on Top), Paulo Benedeti (The Bold & The Beautiful), Tony Denison (Major Crimes).

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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The Taglyan Center with The Oscar Viewing Gala Benefiting The Children Uniting Nations

Actor and producer Demetrius Grosse from "Straight Outta Compton." Photo courtesy Adrian Brooks Collins
Actor and producer Demetrius Grosse from “Straight Outta Compton.” Photo courtesy Adrian Brooks Collins

On Sunday, February 28th,  the city of Los Angeles  was littered with the dazzling allure of The Oscars with many galas, dinners, and viewing events. However, the lights shimmered the brightest at The Taglyan Center with The Oscar Viewing Gala Benefiting The Children Uniting Nations.

The celebrity VIP seating was the perfect place to view the Oscars in Hollywood. Photo courtesy Adrian Brooks Collins
The celebrity VIP seating was the perfect place to view the Oscars in Hollywood. Photo courtesy Adrian Brooks Collins

Pioneered in Los Angeles in 1999 by Founder and Chair, Daphna Ziman, Children Uniting Nations was founded to protect the children who have no voice, whose fragile lives are abused and lost by the millions due to uncertainties out of their control, Children Uniting Nations is a proactive nonprofit organization that brings stability and supportive relationships into the lives of foster youth through a mentoring program that has become a model program for the rest of the country.


The red carpet, which encompassed the entrance walkway, saw an eclectic mix of celebrities and known cinephiles Andy Dick, Radha Mitchell, Max Ryan, Larry Dunn, David Faustino, Ellen Hollman, J. Sutta, Joseph Gatt, Alice Amter, Natasha Alam, Katie Clarke, Kira Kazantsev, Samantha Mumba, Melia Kreiling, Andre Soriano, Amy Willerton, Bruce Caulk, Derek Warburton, Cristen Mills, Tasha Boué, Nawal Bengholam, Izabella Miko, Monique Zordan, Lee Broad, Shin Koyamada, Rochelle Vincente Von K, Sarodj Bertin, Sarah-Jane Crawford, Shawne Mirriman, Tonya Kay, Vik Sahay, Clement Von Franckenstein, Steven Berkoff, Demetrius Grosse, Katie Cleary, Nia Lyte, Sam Horrigan, and Mercy Malick.

Clement von Franckenstein with Hollywood Press Corps' Adrian Brooks Collins
Clement von Franckenstein from “Hail Caesar” with Hollywood Press Corps’ Adrian Brooks Collins

Inside, guests mingled and enjoyed cocktails sponsored by Dama, Hula Girl, and wines graciously donated by Seebass Vineyards. As the Oscars began, people enjoyed a seated formal dinner courtesy of presenting sponsor Cinemoi, rooting for their favorite actor or film to win. But once the Oscars began to wind down, the guests were treated to a high-couture runway show highlighting the works of many designers. Hosted by Amy Willerton, the fashion show included the works of Slovakian Renata Kliska and her latest creations from her La Rena label, Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan with her latest collection “PearlAsia”, and Mialy Seheno with her wildly flowing ball gowns showing that fashion truly is the universal language of peace.

Actress Radha Mitchell from "London is Falling". Photo courtesy Adrian brooks Collins
Actress Radha Mitchell from “London is Falling”. Photo courtesy Adrian Brooks Collins

The biggest surprise and highlight of the night was the DJ set by Pete Tong, courtesy of music power house AHP; who electrified the floor with his music which kicked the after-party into full gear.

The Night of 100 Stars – 26th Annual Awards Night Gala – The Beverly Hilton

Blanca Blanco at the Night of 100 Stars. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Blanca Blanco at the Night of 100 Stars. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency

 

Actress and model Blanca Blanco arrived at the Night of 100 Stars and turned everyone’s head in a stunning and unique gown by Haute Couture designer Quynh Paris. The shimmering, romantic violet gown accentuated the beauty’s curves and offered a peek-a-boo view of her legs. The movement of the dress was captivating and the material combination of tulle and organza gave volume to the dress, making it appear as though the gown was floating around her.

Actress and model Blanca Blanco in a Quynh Paris design. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Actress and model Blanca Blanco in a Quynh Paris design. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency

The complexity of the gown was perfectly offset with simple teardrop diamond earrings and an elegant, side-swiped hairstyle. Blanco made a strong yet delicate statement on the red carpet on Sunday night and fans were blown away with her style and elegance.
Quynh Paris’s handmade gown was inspired by the starlight and she spent two months creating the perfect blend of couture and avant guard fashion.

Photographer and publisher Winston Burris with actress Blanca Blanco
Photographer and publisher Winston Burris with actress Blanca Blanco

Fabby Lifestyle was wowed by the decadent couture and the fabulously bold statement the star and the designer created together on the red carpet. We will be seeing much more from both of these extremely talented ladies in the future.

Actor John Savage at the Night of 100 Stars. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Actor John Savage at the Night of 100 Stars. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Swiss-born Italian/Greek actress Sofia Milos. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Swiss-born Italian/Greek actress Sofia Milos. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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