What a slow start we were off to, an hour behind schedule and still patiently waiting for the Global Fashion Show to benefit the Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project in the drab hallways of the Fashion Institute of Technology. While the invitation said the Friday night show would start at 7pm, the doors did not open until 8pm and after another thirty minutes to seat people, I was close to tears when the first collection hit the runway, my patience running thin. But, out of the eight designers there was the Russian Louda Larrain and I wouldn’t dare leave without seeing what genius creations she had to send down the makeshift runway on FIT’s campus.
The Louda collection started with a string of miraculous events, the first being in 1996, when Louda started an art collaboration on fabric and textile designs with top designers Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Dior, Christian Larcroix, Emanuel Ungaro, and many more. Then in 2002 another miracle played out, when Louda was asked to sell her very own Louda designs at Bergdorf Goodman, and which soon picked up by Nieman Marcus. Most notably, in 2009, Louda’s one of kind creations became part of an installation at the Temple of Dendur in the Egyptian wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.