Edition II: Sustainability | Day One
Sep
20
10:00 AM10:00

Edition II: Sustainability | Day One

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A 3-day festival taking place on September 19, 20, & 21, the LAFF 2019 program will include daily screenings of fashion films, workshops, masterclasses, pop-ups, lectures, and stimulating experiences, with a closing event taking place on the final evening on the ROW DTLA rooftop overlooking the downtown skyline.

LAFF & ROW DTLA are open to the public.

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DTLA Book 2019
Sep
20
to Sep 21

DTLA Book 2019

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Here comes the third edition of the must-read year/guidebook to Downtown Los Angeles!

Whether you look at the political landscape, the cultural scene or the entrepreneurial arena, there is no doubt that an amazing amount of female energy is floating around, and we featured many of them in this book. A sweet and glowing red rose neon art on our cover (by Leticia Maldonado) is dedicated to each one of them, you and us.

District 8 Media will be on site to present the book, answering your questions and of course they are for purchase so you they can wrap one up for you to take home!

GET YOUR PERSONAL STYLE PUBLISHED!

Join DTLA Book’s booth for a photoshoot with a chance of being printed in the 2020 issue’s Style story.

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LAFF with The Swagabonds
Sep
20
11:00 AM11:00

LAFF with The Swagabonds

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The Swagabonds is the first fashion brand designed in collaboration with Artists from Skid Row. Skid Row contains one of the largest stable populations of homeless people in the United States. While Skid Row is doubtless a hard place to live—marked by prostitution, drugs, and violence—it is nonetheless a community, where moments of light and humor often emerge from the darkness. It’s a village where you wave at someone at every corner, where people call out to each other, where people look out for each other. It’s this chaotic fraternity that few people know about.

We’ll hear from founders Gigi Freyeisen and Audrey d'Erneville about their mission to discover awesome talents while helping them rise above their circumstances through art and fashion.

Gigi Freyeisen

Gigi Freyeisen

The Swagabonds Co-Founder

Audrey d'Erneville

Audrey d'Erneville

The Swagabonds Co-Founder

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Justin Raymond Merino

Moderator: LAFF Founding Director

 
 
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Vital Proteins Cabana
Sep
20
to Sep 21

Vital Proteins Cabana

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Join the Vital Proteins team in the Cabana, beat the heat and experience a refreshing collagen infused water!

Vital Proteins isn’t just a nutritional trend, it’s a wellness movement towards proactive health. We’re changing the way consumers think about their health with whole nutrition, inside-out products that support full body benefit realization.

Uncap Your Potential with Vital Proteins collagen.

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Making Sustainable Fashion Inclusive
Sep
20
12:00 PM12:00

Making Sustainable Fashion Inclusive

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From Rihanna’s Fenty to Lady Gaga’s Haus Laboratories, we are seeing brands boldly inspiring proud diversity. Model casting too has become noticeably more inclusive, with exotic faces such as Winnie Harlow, Shaun Ross, Khoudia Diop, and Aaron Philip gracing beauty ads, runways, and magazine covers.

As we welcome a new age of beauty that celebrates diversity and inclusivity by telling these stories with the respect and appreciation they deserve, it’s also an opportunity to infuse sustainable fashion into the narrative. In championing an open, kind, and enlightened era of fashion, let’s extend inclusivity to the environment, community, and animals we co-exist with. Let’s take it further by making sustainable fashion inclusive.

Panelists TBA

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A Sustainable Way of Life
Sep
20
2:00 PM14:00

A Sustainable Way of Life

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Now one of the most pressing global issues of our time, sustainability remains unchartered territory for most businesses, particularly within the fashion industry. It’s high time to transition from lip service marketing campaigns to transparent full-scale sustainable systems to make real change happen. 

It’s time to work together to promote a sustainable way of life, such as Atelier & Repairs’ 0% new production 100% circular business model, Natural Fiber Welding's premium plant-based leather, and Nuuly's subscription-based clothing rental service.

It’s time to make sustainability the new status quo. Join us as we explore the movement and make sustainability the way of life.

Panelists TBA

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Cultivating the Art & Business of Fashion Films
Sep
20
7:30 PM19:30

Cultivating the Art & Business of Fashion Films

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Hear from 4 fashion filmmakers at different stages of their career. They’ll share insights, war stories, and personal perspectives on the future of fashion filmmaking. How can one build a sustainable career of it, while cultivating the art and business of fashion films as a new and growing medium? Join us to find out.

Panelists TBA

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Sustainable Style Menswear Lounge by Eco-Stylist.com
Sep
20
to Sep 21

Sustainable Style Menswear Lounge by Eco-Stylist.com

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Eco-Stylist is an online marketplace for eco-conscious and ethically made men’s clothing.

Founded to answer one simple question: “can sustainable be dapper?” — We find you clothes that look as good as the values they represent. From organic cotton oxfords to zero waste hats and swim trunks made from recycled plastic bottles, everything we curate at Eco-Stylist is eco-friendly, socially responsible, and ethically sourced.

We thoroughly research all of our over 30 brand partners with Remake’s sustainable brand criteria. Finding ethically made clothes can be hard work, but we believe that it shouldn’t be.

Founded in 2018, our mission is to create a world where all clothing shopping is sustainable. We are a proud member of 1% For The Planet.

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Angela Lindvall: Beauty Begins in Me with Co-Creator Kayren Pace
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Angela Lindvall: Beauty Begins in Me with Co-Creator Kayren Pace

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Model, social entrepreneur, and activist Angela Lindvall along with co-creator Kayren Pace take us on a journey of inner discovery in this immersive session. The goal is to embrace our natural beauty and the miracle of our body’s self-healing, regenerative powers in understanding that existence in itself is beautiful. 

Join us in an experiential session involving a soothing sound bath, a stimulating Pranayama using Breath of Fire, and an enlightening guided meditation to align our heart, mind, and will. Experience an awakening of your senses with Angela and Kayrens natural plant-derived oils as you inhale the good and exhale the bad.

This will be followed by an intimate Salon gathering where we’ll explore the idea that real beauty stems from knowledge and the light within. We’ll delve into how our values drive our choices and impact society and the environment around us, and how this shapes our current and future reality.

Join us in rediscovering your inner beauty.

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Edition II: Sustainability | Day Two
Sep
21
11:00 AM11:00

Edition II: Sustainability | Day Two

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A 3-day festival taking place on September 19, 20, & 21, the LAFF 2019 program will include daily screenings of fashion films, workshops, masterclasses, pop-ups, lectures, and stimulating experiences, with a closing event taking place on the final evening on the ROW DTLA rooftop overlooking the downtown skyline.

LAFF & ROW DTLA are open to the public.

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The Human Experience of Brick-and-mortar Retail
Sep
21
12:00 PM12:00

The Human Experience of Brick-and-mortar Retail

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Online shopping might be the preferred mode of shopping given its convenience and accessibility, but it can’t replace the human interaction one gets from visiting physical retail shops. In-store shopping experiences matter now more than ever. The challenge lies in using digital mediums to draw consumers into brick-and-mortar stores for the full, immersive experience. Join us as we explore how successful brick-and-mortar retailers in LA navigate the ever-shifting retail landscape and continue to thrive despite the digital competition.

Panelists TBA

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Queer Identity in Fashion and Film as a Subversive Art
Sep
21
1:00 PM13:00

Queer Identity in Fashion and Film as a Subversive Art

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“This is a book about the subversion of existing values, institutions, mores, and taboos - East and West, Left and Right - by the potentially most powerful art of the century” wrote Amos Vogel in 1974 in the book “Film as a Subversive Art”.

Robert Mapplethorpe (photographer), Alexander McQueen (designer), David Bowie or Freddie Mercury (musicians)… these are just some examples of queer and non-binary avant-garde artists who reached global recognition and acceptance after breaking all the molds of what was socially acceptable at their time, and sometimes themselves in the process of doing so.

Almost half-a-century later most of the taboos Amos identified in his book - sex, violence, birth, death... -seem to have been overcome or at least exposed, sometimes in brutally raw ways primarily online whether through porn… or explicit violence on Facebook, not necessarily in artistic ways.

So is film still as relevant in the advent of the digital age and social media content? And what about the queer counterculture movements of the 70s and the 80s? Did their message and leadership fizzle out now that we can get married? What do the new generations have to say and how are they saying it? Are Youtube and Instagram the new window displays where to break those molds the way New York or London art galleries were in the 80s?

We’ll explore our role as artists, performers, designers and storytellers in a world that seems to have become the chaotic, amoral and violent place that many also find ways to blame us for. Do we highlight and contribute to the perception of chaos or do we shift the spotlight to the harmony that art carries in all of its forms no matter what our message is?

  • Ramon J. Goni - Filmmaker and founder of Swoon (Moderator)

  • Rain Valdez - Actress and Writer

  • Bia Jurema - Filmmaker and Music Video Director

  • Damien Navarro - Executive Director of Outfest LA

  • Fin Argus - Musician and Actor

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Directors’ Panel: The Social Responsibility of Branded Storytelling
Sep
21
2:45 PM14:45

Directors’ Panel: The Social Responsibility of Branded Storytelling

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Every time we tell a story, it leaves an impact on the audience, whether positive or negative. Be it a story to entertain, inspire, or empower, it has the potential to shape the audience’s perspectives and influence their actions. So while brands must develop narratives to stimulate favorable consumer behavior, let’s not forget to pose the question: “What kind of society are we building as a result of these stories?” Join our featured film directors in this thought-provoking deep dive.

Panelists TBA

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The ABCs of Conscious Consumerism
Sep
21
5:30 PM17:30

The ABCs of Conscious Consumerism

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We are often faced with conflicting priorities when weighing the pros and cons of our purchase decisions. What might seem like an easy choice for one person might not be so for another. But all change starts with a single step. Your journey as a conscious consumer doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Let’s start with something basic. 

What makes one a conscious consumer? How “ethical” does one need to be to be considered one? We are often faced with conflicting priorities. What might seem like an easy choice for one person might not be so for another. We get that, and we’re here to share a grounded perspective of conscious consumerism. What are the right questions to ask? How do we evaluate the options we’re presented with? And more importantly, what can brands do to make it easier to embrace conscious consumerism?

Panelists TBA

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Hannah Judson | Stage A Soiree MC
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Hannah Judson | Stage A Soiree MC

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LAFF Music Director

Hannah Judson is an internationally touring American/French singer-songwriter based between Paris France and the San Francisco Bay Area. She performs original indie folk rock songs that draw her audience into lyrically potent narratives constructed with electric guitar and percussive vocals, live looping harmonies and rhythmic layers. Hannah’s vocals are intimate, with a modern folk sound reminiscent of Cat Power, Lucinda Williams, Alanis Morissette and Elliott Smith. Noted as “the real deal” by UK’s country music Maverick Magazine, and “with a style that channels Elliott Smith” by Indie Country fm radio, Hannah has appeared regularly in Paris, throughout Europe and the US west coast.

Hannah Judson’s most recent release of new work reflects a career that spans grunge-era Chicago and post-rock bohemian Paris, France. Her recent EP “Becoming” reflects a shedding of past styles, and creative restraints, that cleared room where both tendencies toward spacious lyrical environments, and straight on rock co-exist in a unified collection. She will be on tour in 2019 to support this record, in Europe in the spring, and on the west coast (USA) in the summer, with a final touch base on the east coast (USA) in the fall.

Influences from both Chicago and Paris geographies are evident in this collection of original songs. Judson’s lyrically motivated songs are couched in confident electric guitar offered by Banjo Bones and soaring leads by Charlie Galunic. Brian Clevinger’s basslines support and counter the melody and Giorgi Khokhobashvili’s blistering jazz violin shows up on several tracks.

Hannah Judson named the EP before Michelle Obama’s book came out. She says, “Becoming is such a great word, straddled with meaning, both verb and adjective, beautiful and in transformation.” Becoming was produced by JL Espada in Sacramento, CA and Fontainebleau, France, and is released on Boneyard Records. She is continuing to work with Espada on her next album (working title “Stingray”) for a late 2019 release.

Hannah Judson is a risky, engaging songwriter, constructing ethereal environments where danger and love combat in free fall. These songs lull the listener comfortably out on a ledge to show the view from there, then offer a little tug when it’s time to come back inside. Judson’s songwriting is rooted by the narrative tradition of Leonard Cohen and Joan Baez and is seamed with references to seminal artists like Liz Phair, Jill Sobule and Neutral Milk Hotel. Using delicate breathy clicks and pops to create percussive tracks, Hannah Judson’s performance is warm, funny, quirky and welcoming. SK Shlomo said “Love this! Dylan meets Martha Wainwright."

Hannah was active on the alternative music scene in Chicago that circled around the School of the Art Institute (where she studied painting and sound) and Wicker Park. In Chicago she was a continuous member of folk, grunge and alt/rock bands, as the songwriter and lead vocalist. She produced and hosted GrrrlsRock events at Beat Kitchen. In 2014 she founded MUSEfest, an international event to support inspirational women in music, film and art. In 2018 she starting working with Boneyard Records in Sacramento, CA. She is currently Director of Music for the LA Fashion Festival (LAFF). She has an MBA in music business from Berklee College of Music/SNHU. She currently performs with Charlie Galunic (Professor at INSEAD) on lead guitar, and Brian Clevinger (Absynth Creator) on bass.

Hannah Judson is originally from Maine, and lives in the Paris Region, France.

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Lola Lennox | Stage A Special Guest
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Lola Lennox | Stage A Special Guest

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Lola Lennox is a singer songwriter from London, whose powerful voice resonates through her unique and highly personal songs.

Singing since she was just 8 years old, at 18 Lola attended London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music, only to withdraw to instead pursue her dream of being a singer songwriter. Inspired by artists like Etta James, Dusty Springfield and Lauryn Hill, Lola connects the feel of old school Soul records into fresh and authentic Pop songs. She has written with some of the world’s greatest songwriters and producers including Eg White (Florence and The Machine, Sam Smith) and Dan Wilson (Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’).

Lola's debut single ‘In The Wild’, co-written and produced by Jon Green tells a story of fantasy and escape amidst a difficult reality. “For me making music has always been a way to translate whatever I am going through in life into something of beauty and meaning- I can turn dust to gold.”

Lola has performed at major venues and events around the world including Vogue’s Fashion Experience Dubai, The Fonda Theatre (supporting Lukas Nelson & The Promise of Real), at Vancouver’s Roger’s Arena and as a backing singer to Annie Lennox on the PBS televised series ‘Great Performances’ at The Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles. In summer 2019, Lola will be featured as the musical voice of the highly anticipated TV series ‘Serengeti’- with music composed by Will Gregory of Goldfrapp. The series will be aired around the world on The Discovery Channel and the BBC.

Now residing in Los Angeles and represented by Simon Fuller, Lola spends her days writing and recording her upcoming debut record. “Making music has always been a way for me to dig deep into myself and the world around me; I found strength in my voice, I found magic through sound, I’ve unpicked the labyrinth of my heart and mind through song- and I cannot wait to share it with you.”

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