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LAFW Gala: Behind the BAD BUTTERFLY Collab with Project Runway Star Candice Cuoco and TV Host Vanessa Simmons
By Sierra Clair


On Thursday night Project Runway Season 14 contestant Candice Cuoco and Centric TV host Vanessa Simmons hit the red carpet for the opening Gala of LAFW. The pair showed off their style at the exclusive party held on top of the W Hotel in Hollywood.


The Gala kicked off the Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring 2017 season with live performances and runway previews as well as an Andy Warhol inspired art installation. Everyone turned out in their most stylish looks for the event showing off daring accessories and sparkling outfits.


I had the chance to interview Cuoco and Simmons on the red carpet about their highly-anticipated collaboration BADBUTTERFLY scheduled to hit the runway this Sunday at the finale of LAFW in Hollywood. According to the pair known as #girlbosses in fashion circles the collection all started with a pencil skirt. Both women, who were dressed in sharp and stylish businesswear, are entrepreneurs who have supported women’s empowerment throughout their careers.


“I’ve hosted LAFW for the past few seasons and now, this season I’m presenting a collection with Project Runway finalist
Candice Cuoco.” Vanessa, who also hosts the business competition show #queenboss on CentricTV told me.


“Vanessa introduced me to LAFW because I’m new to LA so my girl has been showing me all around.” Added Candice excitedly.


“I asked her to design me a pencil skirt and I just loved the way she made it.” Explained Vanessa.


“And that was the beginning of the BADBUTTERFLY collection.” They both said in unison.


“It’s a lifestyle collection for the woman who is looking to conquer anywhere in her life.” Vanessa told me.


“We were really inspired by women’s stories.” Said Candice who’s Instagram bio reads “#WomenRunThisHouse”


And their vision for BADBUTTERFLY doesn’t just apply to the clothes either, the model casting call for Sunday’s runway show read “Where my girls at? Tattoos, tall, short, curvy, BRING ‘EM OUT!!” These two are on a mission to make their show stylish and feminist. They are definitely catching the eye of the LA fashion industry with their collaboration.

Candice Cuoco’s Bad Butterfly featured in LA Times

Capes, gowns and ‘Filthy Feminist’ T-shirts among the highlights of Los Angeles’ assorted fashion weeks
By Tara Paniogue and Ingrid Schmidt
LA Fashion Week included runway shows by Vicken Derderian, left, Sav Noir, and Candice Cuoco and Vanessa Simmons’ Bad Butterfly collaboration. (Manny Llanura / LA Fashion Week)


Although most cities are home to a single fashion week each season, Los Angeles is home to several. The most recent run of independently organized, occasionally overlapping style-centric events began March 9 with Style Fashion Week Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood and wrapped March 19 with the final day of LA Fashion Week shows (because of trademark protection, it’s the only group that can use the LA Fashion Week name)…


Closing out Los Angeles fashion week — both upper and lowercase versions — at Hubble Studio was the runway debut of a collaborative collection from “Project Runway” veteran Candice Cuoco and “Growing Up Hip Hop” star Vanessa Simmons that, in true Hollywood fashion, was being filmed for Simmons’ reality TV show.


The Bad Butterfly collection was a mix of girly and edgy. The former came by way of dresses in ultra-feminine silhouettes and romantic floral patterns and ruffled tulle skirts. The latter by way of studded chokers, over-the-knee boots and denim jackets. One standout piece was a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Filthy Feminist” — a riff on the feminism-focused slogan tees that have filled runways recently.


If that’s the statement you want to make, you’re in luck. The statement tee happens to be among the handful of Bad Butterfly pieces that have already winged their way to Cuoco’s website, where it’s available for $35.

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LAFW: Vanessa Simmons & Candice Cuoco’s Bad Butterfly Fashion Show
by Jasmin A.


Vanessa Simmons and Candice Cuoco joined forces to deliver a powerful fashion show during the Los Angeles Fashion Week. The line featured women of all shapes, heights and ethnicities. Bad Butterfly is a line for every woman and based on what was displayed on the runway, it shows.



Prior to, Vanessa had a successful shoe line called Pastry alongside her younger sister, Angela Simmons. While Candice has a background in fashion and design. She was also a finalist on Fashion Runway Season 14. The two met while on the set where Vanessa was a judge and Candice was a contestant. Fast forward to present day and the ladies are making moves in the right direction with Bad Butterfly. The fashion designers have promised to offer more where that came from in the near future.

Candice and Vanessa to close out LAFW

LA Fashion Week (LAFW) celebrates its fourth season of collections running March 17-19, kicking off the Fall/Winter event series on March 16th, 2017 with its Opening Reception at the Rooftop Loft at the W Hollywood, hosted by Vanessa Simmons. Her collaboration with designer Candice Cuoco will be unveiled at an exclusive engagement on Sunday, March 19th in a bookend closing to LAFW FW17.


“Los Angeles is oozing with amazing energy right now – we’re living in a cultural renaissance for fashion, art, and music. LA Fashion Week has done an amazing job of bringing these elements together, and I can’t wait for everyone to experience my take on contemporary cool. Collaborating with Candice on Bad Butterfly has been incredible. She has completely taken me out of my comfort zone as a designer, and has been teaching me the true fundamentals of fashion and design. This collection has transformed my skills and I’m super proud to be a part of something so amazing,” says Simmons.


LA Fashion Week’s Fall/Winter 2017 shows will explore new ways of highlighting each brand’s vision… Project Runway alumni Candice Cuoco and host Vanessa Simmons partner up to close out the FW17 season on Sunday, March 19 with the debut of their collaborative collection Bad Butterfly.

Candice and Vanessa in Hip Hollywood

From Pastry Sneakers To Low Plunging Gowns
By Ashley Williams


It feels like just yesterday we were witnessing Vanessa Simmons’ transition into adulthood on MTV’s Run’s House and then evolve into a fashionista on her spinoff, Daddy’s Little Girls.


The reality star has since blossomed into a mother, business owner and fashion designer who will be showing off her new line during LA Fashion Week.


Simmons recently teamed up with Project Runway alum, Candice Cuoco, for a one-of-a-kind collection called Bad Butterfly, something HipHollywood had a chance to chat with the beauty about.


“I’m super excited to present that to the world,” VS told HH while on the red carpet for the 2017 Essence Black Women in Hollywood event.