Full Figured Fashion Week™ breakout
designer, LaToya Skinner stole the opening night's show with her innovative and
evocative collection inspired by Grace Jones.This San Francisco-based designer created Chan.nel Karama,
for Women who are going places.Not
for the faint of heart, Chan.nel Karama's latest collection boasts
body-conscious dresses and leggings paired with impeccably detailed and
This self-taught designer started
fashioning looks for herself at the tender age of fourteen with the guidance of
her aunt, who was a tailor.After
falling in love with fashion magazines and it's ability to transform fashion
into an aesthetically pleasing and thought provoking piece of art, Skinner knew
at a young age, her calling.Beyond looking at beautiful pieces of clothing, she felt compelled to
create it, knowing that "great clothing that you love makes you feel great."
A renaissance woman in the making, Skinner
immersed herself in the fashion world, holding positions from fashion
journalism, wardrobe styling, production, apparel, and graphic design.With these influences, Skinner
sharpened and honed her skills, which led her to the launch of Chan.nel Karama
Drawing from her own her own personal
style and fashion perspectives when designing, Skinner shares "Being
myself is a must and I don't feel the same way every day.So my personal style is sporadic and
almost a bit schizophrenic.Some
days I want jeans and a t-shirt, then the next day I want something a bit more
edgy or formal.I just make sure
she can relate to at least one piece in each collection."
Chan.nel Karama is a fusion of street and
couture- drawing from past inspirations of vintage cuts and shapes juxtaposed
against the gritty and sexy influences of the Hip Hop culture. This fashion influence, Skinner credits
to the cultural diversity of San Francisco, a place that no one that has yet
highlighted from a designer perspective.
The collection, currently sold on
her Chan.nel Karama Esty shop, will be available on her new website launching
this Fall.Believing in size
inclusion and that every woman's body is beautiful, Chan.nel Karama caters to a
variety of shapes and sizes from a zero to a 22, with custom tailoring available
for the confident plus size woman.
For more about the collection, the
designer, and the line, please visit Chan.nel
Karama LTD and the fan
page on Facebook.
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