LAS VEGAS artLIVE!, a philanthropic affair merging fashion and art in a unique showcase to benefit The Modern Art Museum and The Las Vegas Fashion Council is pleased to announce the lineup of fashion designers for the January 29 event at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Each of the designers will present several of their latest looks during an exciting runway show. The roster of names represents both emerging and established designers and promises to be a highlight of the evening’s art and fashion showcase.
The featured designers:
Ermelinda Manos – From the age of nineteen Ermelinda Manos began styling the runway shows of Chanel, Teen Vogue, Giorgio Armani Prive for the Oscars, Nordstrom’s, Macy’s Passport, Vera Wang and Miss Universe in 2010. After gaining enough experience and knowledge with styling in the fashion industry, she decided to make her childhood dream of designing a reality by launching her women’s evening wear line, “Ermelinda Manos Designs,” during Los Angeles Fashion Week. Manos showcased her designs at the Golden Globes in 2012 and soon became one of the most anticipated designers during Los Angeles Fashion Week. She continues to grow her clothing line in her hometown of Las Vegas and takes an active role within her community to raise awareness for local non-profit organizations through various fashion events.
Coco Johnsen – Coco Johnsen attended F.I.D.M. design school in Los Angeles and her collections are designed in her downtown Los Angeles atelier, a made in the USA brand, utilizing only the finest of exotic fabrics, trims and materials. Johnsen debuted her signature line at Mercedes Benz Los Angeles Fashion Week, Spring/Summer ’08 Collections. She currently designs one collection per year and will appear on 24 Hour Catwalk for Life Time Television from the producers of Project Runway. Johnsen will open her first flag ship store in 2015 in Los Angeles, C.A. with collection pieces available at boutiques world-wide.
Wanda Merritt – Wanda Potter-Merritt is a native Nevadan. Since a young girl, Wanda had aspirations of becoming a fashion designer, she went on to own and operate a Tailoring and Custom Design Boutique, where she designed and created custom evening gowns. In 2009, Merritt threw caution to the wind and showcased her first small collection. In 2011 she founded Vegas Couture, LLC, a women’s wear brand. Vegas Couture is defined by its fusion of craftsmanship and attention to detail. Merritt’s strong foundation from her past, incredible insight and energy, assists her in providing elegant designs both in Interior and Fashion.
Joey Galon – With 25+ years in fashion and pageant involvement, Joey is a familiar face internationally on the glamour scene. Galon has been a reality TV personality on Lifetime Network’s “24 Hour Catwalk”, TLC Network’s “Vegas Brides” and as Model Coach on NUVOtv’s “Model Latina”. He is a sought after evening gown designer with his company, ‘Joey Galon, Atelier’ which was officially introduced at the Miss USA Pageant in 2010 in Las Vegas, showcasing his collections of evening gowns to the pageant world. Since his launch, Galon’s gowns have been seen on national and international pageant stages and have won him many international accolades.
Stitched Lifestyle – Stitched is a lifestyle destination for discerning gentlemen with unique sensibilities, looking to combine classic styling with a contemporary mind set. Our gentlemanly sophistication is perfectly paired with subtle hints of irreverence. Stitched is driven by a passion for exquisite hand tailored clothing, and obsessed with creating a unique environment for the4 perfect shopping experience. Stitched has assembled an extraordinary combination of world-renowned fabric vendors, master tailors, stylists, and support staff with one goal in mind – to exceed expectations.
Zappos.com – Established in 1999, Zappos.com, operated by Zappos IP, Inc., has quickly become the leading destination in online apparel and footwear sales by striving to provide shoppers with the best possible service and selection. Zappos.com currently showcases millions of products from over 1000 clothing and shoe brands. Zappos.com, Inc. was recognized in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 as a FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For.
artLIVE! will be emceed by singer-songwriter and beloved Las Vegas entertainer Clint Holmes and includes various artistic presentations, live and silent auctions, a fashion show, music, dance performances, food and beverage as well as signature art presentations brought together by several local artists and fashion designers.
artLIVE! will also honor two local visionaries representing both art and fashion in our community with a special recognition. This year’s art visionary is celebrated artist Tim Bavington, whose works have been exhibited in distinguished galleries around the globe and can be found in some of the world’s most prestigious private collections. Zappos.com will receive the fashion visionary award. The fashion site, headquartered in Las Vegas, currently showcases millions of products from over 1000 clothing and shoe brands. Zappos.com, Inc. was recognized in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 as a FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For. Accepting the award for Zappos.com will be Eileen Tetreault, who oversees bags and accessories for the couture site.
artLIVE! is made possible by several local sponsors including The Peckman Capital Corporation, LLC, SK+G, BESTAgency, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Fox Rothschild, The Ogden, Encore Event Technologies, Mosaic Salon and others. Limited sponsorship packages are still available. For more information, visit artLIVElv.com.
Tickets are available at www.artlivelv.com/ticketing. Individual ticket prices and packages vary.
Designers’ bios and headshots are available upon request.
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