Style wars
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Style wars

As part of Style Wars, a traveling clothing-design competition that was held at Cinespace in Hollywood at the end of November, Nastassia Valley models designs by Star Jeong, including a computer keyboard-turned-purse. Jeong advanced to the next round, with event emcee Mary Jo Diehl, also a judge, commenting, “Over the top is never too over the top.” (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times)
Style wars is a touring fight-out for the fashion-savvy art set, with eight contestants going head-to-head in an attempt to out-design each other for prizes and a title. The audience at Cinespace in Hollywood was enthusiastic. (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times)
A design by Briana Gonzales is modeled at Style Wars. The event grew out of Instant Couture, a live art/fashion concept created six years ago by New York fashionista Mary Jo Diehl and her collaborator Roman Milisic. (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times)
The reinvented wedding dress that clinched designer Paul Malagad’s win. The repurposed gowns were paraded by models to the beat of Unk’s club classic “Walk It Out.” (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times)
Veronica Flores models the work of designer Payam Emrani at Cinespace in Hollywood. With a do-it-yourself element and night club settings, Style Wars is “Project Runway” for Club Kids. (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times)
Designer Paul Magalad, left, dresses model Veronica Flores for a round of Style Wars. Outfits are created on the spot in rounds that are less than 5 minutes. Magalad later won the night’s competition. (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times)
San Francisco contestant Domini, right, dresses model Celeste Creel at Style Wars L.A. (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times)
Mary Jo Diehl and Roman Milisic, the forces behing Style Wars, dress a model, left, at Cinespace. (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times)
Designer Domini accessorizes her crepe-wrapped wedding-dress design, worn by Elizabeth Crabb, with white pantyhose pulled over the model’s face. (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times)