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L.A. Fashion Weekend Kicks Off With A Splash

Christina Rath |
October 16, 2010 | 10:25 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

A. Che (photo courtesy of A. Che)
A. Che (photo courtesy of A. Che)
L.A. Fashion Weekend kicked off at Sunset Gower Studios Friday with a night dedicated to swimwear for Spring 2011. 

Recording artist Christina Milian started the show, performing on the runway in a leopard leotard joined by a posse of equally stunning back up dancers. 

In addition to her performance, Christina was at L.A. Fashion Weekend to launch her new eyewear line, C. Milian. 

The first collection of the evening was A. Che, a swimwear line started by Calabasas native and FIDM graduated Amanda Che. 

The line features Italian fabrics and bra-style tops for a sultry and sexy beach vibe. 

A. Che’s latest ad campaign features Polish model Joanna Krupa, who was recently voted World’s Sexiest Swimsuit Model by Maxim.

Up next was the Australian brand, Kooey, which is described as being quintessentially Australian with inspiration drawn from Australia’s native flora and fauna. 

The show opened with two shirtless male models emerged drumming on tribal drums and stood at the runway entrance keeping a strong rhythm throughout the show. 

Sticking with the proud Australian image, an indigenous model from Perth is featured in all of their ad campaigns. On the runway, however, a wide range of beauties rocked the Kooey suits. 

The Teeki show opened with an even bigger surprise as a pint sized girl, probably no older than ten years old, came out and rocked the runway with her flowing blonde hair in her Teeki girl’s bikini. 

This season, Teeki, an eco-friendly brand made with recycled materials, is launching a girls line in addition to their women’s Spring 2011 collection. Teeki, like A. Che, was started by a FIDM graduate motivated to create bikinis from sustainable materials. 

Finally, Christina Milian came out on the runway to close the show hand-in-hand with the adorable little girl who modeled for Teeki, leaving the crowd with an endearing moment not usually found at runway shows. 

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