Metropolitan Fashion Week 2016: 3 Hot Nights of Fashion! Nights 1 & 2

All Photos by Billy Bennight for The Los Angeles Beat

All Photos by Billy Bennight for The Los Angeles Beat

Fashion flared mightily earlier this month over three nights in two locations with the annual return of Metropolitan Fashion Week. The kick-off happened at the historic Farmer’s Market to feature local designers, while also putting on a contest to see who would show their designs at The Farmer’s Market, and would then have a chance to be a part of the grand finale at Warner Brothers in Burbank. The evening was filled with fun, as the designers premiered their designs out by the Grove’s Trolly tracks. There were several runs of the looks, dazzling the fashion curious and families alike.

day-2-vet-1The second night, La Vie en Blue Fashion Gala, was a charity fundraiser for Autism Speaks at Warner Brothers. The gala featured a celebrity-filled red carpet, runway show and a Cirque du Soleil performance by members of Zumanity. Singer Adrienne Bailo, designer Niveen Heaton, 90210’s Shanae Grimes, Kristian Alfonso, model Matthew Noszka, musician Cynthia Gillet, Jeannie Mai, writer Amy Yamada, Joanna Krupa, Molly Sims, E!’s Ashlan Gorse, The Parker’s Kym Whitley, Perez Hilton, Kiltie Knight and  Vivica A. Fox all attended the blue carpet. Of course, Eduardo Khawam, founder of MFW, MC’ed the evening, adding a touch of elegance with his wardrobe changes and smartly tailored looks. The evening’s runway fashion walks were filled with many who attended the blue carpet reception earlier. The honorees for La Vie en Blue Fashion Gala were Steven Grossman, Untitled Entertainment, Harry Topping Jr., and City National Bank. La Vie en Blue Fashion Gala had a numbers entertainment insiders and the well-heeled ready to raise money for Autism Speaks. Two Cirque du Soleil performers from Zumanity set the night ablaze with a dramatic and fiercely erotic show. It was by all means acrobatic, sexually charged and joyfully stunning celebration of the human body.

Photo Gallery After The Break


Billy Bennight

About Billy Bennight

Billy Bennight is a writer and photographer with expertise and years of experience in these disciplines. His musical youth started as a Punk Rocker and has expanded into exploring many genres of music, with a keen interest in art, fashion, photography, and writing. He shoots celebrity and red-carpet events for ZUMA Press. He is also a member of the Los Angeles Art Association. His images have been published in The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, Parade, Wall Street Journal, and French Elle, both Vanity Fair and Vanity Fair Italia. He's very engaged in life. You an see more of his work at ZUMA Press at You can follow him on his Facebook page at: and on Instagram and Twitter @billybennight
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