Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award goes to Nally & Millie
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Before presenting the 2011 award to the label's owners Nally and James Park, accounting firm Moss Adams LLP's director of apparel, Martin Hughes, said the award is intended to recognize "a designer or company who has done something unique and innovative within the last year," and cited the label's use of color and pattern.
Past recipients of the award, which includes $5,000 worth of consulting services from Moss Adams, includes Corey Lynn Calter (2003) Frankie B (2004), Petro Zillia (2005), Rozae Nichols (2006), Juan Carlos Obando (2007) and Katy Rodriguez (2008). The award was not presented in 2009 or 2010. [For the record, Oct. 22, 12:35 p.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly spelled Corey Lynn Calter's name as Corey Lyn Calter.]
The announcement was followed by a series of runway shows featuring up-and-coming local labels including men's swimwear label Robert Joseph, women's loungewear and sleepwear label Unspoken, men's label Angelino, women's swimwear line Odina Surf, action sports brand The Continuous Line, Marisa Kenson and Coco Johnsen.
The event, dubbed "California Dreaming," was hosted by "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'" Taylor Armstrong and comedian Brett Walkow and was organized as a fundraiser for local nonprofit Fashion Business Inc.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photos, from left: Taylor Armstrong, left, and Brett Walkow welcome the crowd to a fashion fund-raiser at the former St. Vibiana's Cathedral in Los Angeles on Thursday; designer Nally Park expresses her thanks after her line, Millie & Nally, won the 2011 Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award. Credit: Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times