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Sunday, February 22, 2009
FARAH ANGSANA’S COUTURE Fall 2009 Collection
Text, Vivian G. Kelly
Runway Images, Dan Lecca, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
Image of Kelli Pickler, fromwww.rickey.org
TIME & PLACE: Monday, Feb. 16th, @ 9:00AM
The Salon Tent at Bryant Park
PRE-SHOW: KELLI PICKLER, runner up of American Idol created quite a stir in a strapless navy dress [she didn’t know the label, as it had been clipped out]. She was cute during the competition back then, but now, thanks to her stylists, she would look right at home on the Upper East Side, shopping along side Tinsley and the rest of the gang.
THE SHOW, “FORBIDDEN LOVE IN SHANGHAI, 1939”
Ms. Angsana’s a couture designer, and typically that means a lot of extra trimmings and details, This designer was wise to limit herself to one [if any ] embellishment per gown.
The strongest gowns were the satin and chiffon gowns with absolutely no embellishment, one in a bronze-gold, the other in an aquamarine chiffon.
She’s got the LBD covered too, rendered as a black close fitting sheath and round necked bolero with black paillettes at the neck and ostrich feather cuffs.
What really looked couture came midway through the show – an ivory silk wool beaded cape over a strapless matching dress and then later worn over a slinky black jersey cocktail dress.
She made judicious use of fur – she’s clearly not a costume designer who overdoes the fur. Black fox fur and chinchilla served as accents at the shoulder or collar and wrists.
The French twists, smoky eyes, nude lips and black stiletto MICHAEL ANTONIOs helped turn the models from skinny teens into worldly sophisticates.
Angsana broke out the color towards the end and produced an entrance making imperial purple zibeline strapless gown with diamond pleating at the bust.
BEST: The refined day looks, particularly the coatdresses in purple woven marbled silk, red and black silk embroidery. –For evening, there’s the finale gown with embroidered and beaded black and gold dragon sacales that a woman whether she’s living in 1939 or 2009 would be proud to wear.
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