Audrey’s Night Out, hosted by Audrey Magazine was held at the fabulous Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on Saturday evening. Hundreds of people, fashion notables, and well-known Asian-American celebrities packed the brilliantly transformed hangar. Simplistic in it’s transformation, black curtains hung from ceiling to cement floors, which were left barren to make way for the contrasting stark-white chairs that were placed around the runway. Pink, blue, and purple lights provided an intimate setting for the room. Upon entrance guests were greeted by a star-studded red carpet that included, Audrey magazine’s cover girl, Jamie Chung, as well as Justin Chon, James Kyson, Jane Kim, Grace Su and including the well-known music group, Legaci.
Once inside guests had the chance to take in the scenery. A private jet was placed at the rear of the hangar. The jet, provided by 360 Jets who also sponsored the event, additionally donated a round-trip flight to Vegas for one lucky attendee and three of their closest friends. The trip for four also included a complimentary suite at The Cosmopolitan. Guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers by additional sponsors; Lawry’s & Kabuki, and a Hosted Bar by Jameson Irish Whiskey & Tequila Loca as well as coconut water by, O.N.E. Coconut.
After walking the entire hangar a few times, I settled into the long awaited sushi line, which was catered by Kabuki. As someone who considers herself to be an avid lover of all types of sushi—I was pleased with the options provided—as Kabuki did not disappoint. The entire catering staff worked tirelessly creating tray after tray of sushi right up until the lights dimmed for the runway show to begin. The announcer even had to politely inform guests to please take their seats, “as no more food would be served.”
Being careful not to spill on my dress I finished my plate of sushi and found my seat. I sat eagerly awaiting the runway show, which featured designers: Rebecca Grant, Richard Bowman, Brian Lichtenberg, and Julia Clancey. The Show kicked off with Jamie Chung, and Justin Chon providing some comic relief while waiting for microphones to be placed on stage. The two, (second-cousins) had a noticeable rapport and put the audience at ease.
The show began with a performance by Legaci—the all male-Filipino group, recently finished touring with Justin Bieber. The group seeming pleased with their performance exited the stage, leaving the roaring crowd behind them.
Smiles were strewn across their faces, which were easily seen from the second row. The designers presented lines with varying aesthetics; each was unique to the designers themselves. Noticeable themes arose on the runway including varying shades of dark hues, mainly black. Sequins appeared in several of the designer’s collections. Several designers chose to incorporate feathers, and different embellishments to enhance their collections. A variety of silhouettes and style-lines graced the runway leaving the audience with plenty of eye-candy to choose from.
The close of the night, unfortunately, left the audience somber—but not empty handed. The highly anticipated performance by Carly Rae Jepsen was canceled due to a flight delay but VIP audience members left with a gift bag provided by sponsors: NYX Cosmetics, TC Charton, La Fresh, Amore Pacific, Laundry, Wi Spa, Crunchyroll, Naked Princess.
Now in it’s fifth year, Audrey’s Night Out was a success, despite a few minor details. The producer for the night Andrew Patterson (Producer for America’s Next Top Model) delivered an event that was beautifully organized, and well received. It’s apparent that with each passing year, Audrey Magazine continues to deliver. With anticipation and yearning I cannot wait to see what Audrey Magazine has in store for the year to come.