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Sue Wong Fashion Show

Fashion Week Los Angeles

Sure it’s fall, but you would have never known—especially in L.A.’s perfect 80 degree weather—as some of today’s hottest designers showcased their sensual spring collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Los Angeles. In between hanging out in Mercedes-Benz’s exclusive star lounge and chatting with fashion industry leaders, POWER took in a few shows. These are the highlights:

Sue Wong
Starting off on the right note was Fashion Week Los Angeles vet Sue Wong. Paying homage to what she called “New Romantics,” the former Areja designer previewed 76 daytime and evening dresses with more of the focus on the daytime pieces. Her fabulous show began with “Edwardian Romance,” which included pristine white cotton, embroidery and lace creations perfect for afternoon tea with your girlfriends. Wong then captured “Young Innocents,” a culmination of immaculately-structured slipdresses drawn from a soft, light palette of peach, mauve and jade. Next, it was off to “Country Cousins,” a charming collection of old-fashioned fabrics patterned into adorable sundresses and halter dresses. From there, Wong whisked us away to Mexico for “Fiesta.” Definitely not on a siesta, Wong, who drew inspiration from renowned artist Frida Kahlo, wowed us with vibrant orange and turquoise folkloric pieces with chic finishes. Then, it was onto the 1960s portion of the show. Mod-styled dresses constructed with brilliant colored fabrics, animal prints ruled this portion of the show. Finally, the show came to an end with an ivory silk bridal gown accentuated with a chandelier on the model’s head. CSI Miami’s Sofia Milos sat front row.

Setting the standard for the trendy Angeleno gal who has many stylistic tastes was Single. Divided into four portions, the incredible show began with “The Jet Setter.” During this part of the show, luscious silk and sheer prints from a turquoise, charcoal and taupe palette patterned blouses and dresses into Bohemian-styled creations. Next was “The Ingenue,” a collection of voluminous, breezy tops and skinny pants ideal for grabbing coffee or the latest art exhibit. Then, Single crossed over to dressier garments with “The Glamour Girl.” The flowy silk chiffon tunics and kimonos complemented with slate and beige hues provided attractive alternatives for the dreary styles available for spring work wear attire. Last was “The Celebrity,” a stunning compilation of silk charmeuse gowns and print dresses. Our favorite by far was an elegant black silk halter gown that had a chic criss-cross plunging neckline. Guests left the show with amazing gift bags by Friends in High Places.

Joseph Domingo
Joseph Domingo (Spanish for “Sunday”) was far from sending anything down the runway that was remotely weary. Any given Domingo included ambitious vision and impeccable execution. Beginning with itsy-bitsy polka dot swimwear pieces and models painted with bamboo, tribal-like designs on their bodies, Domingo then veered towards casual wear. Memorable ensembles included a celadon chiffon print dress adorned with delicate leaf appliqués and a sharp three-piece copper-toned pin-striped jacket paired with a white fitted tunic and a relaxed pair of white slacks. Then, it was onto the eveningwear portion, which featured vibrant gowns of violet and blue hues accentuated with intricate braiding. Like Wong, Domingo ended his show with a wedding dress but Domingo had another take on it. Drawing inspiration from multi-tiered wedding cakes, Domingo’s last piece was a fitted strapless off white layer of accordion-styled pieces building upon one another. Fellow designer and Louis Vuitton model Sam Sarpong sat front row.

Elsie Katz Couture
Donna Baxter of Elsie Katz turned to old Hollywood glamour to inspire her spring 2007 collection. With the occasional work wear piece and casual ensemble here and there, Baxter’s main focus appeared to be on a line geared towards the cocktail hour. The renowned vintage-style designer caught our eye with a few white pieces, including a simple yet chic white satin figure-flattering gown. Another noteworthy piece was a ginger jaw-dropping neckline gown adorned with jewels and a to-die for belt. We wouldn’t be surprised if this luscious silhouette graced the Red Carpet next year.  And for the truly fashion-forward vixen, Baxter offered a long-sleeved, white satin blouse accentuated with a black satin cumber bun and sleek black satin shorts. 

Collection Bebe
Collection Bebe pampered the fashion forward audience with provocatively chic black and white pieces. Starting off with a white suit adorned with an Edwardian-inspired collar, a pencil thin belt and fitted pants, Bebe moved on to the grander portion of its show with its illustrious eveningwear collection. Our favorite by far was an A-line black satin party dress accentuated with a swooping neckline and a black sheer peek-a-boo panel in the middle. Bebe covergirl Mischa Barton as well as Bebe’s head honcho sat front row.

Yana K
Yana K satisfied our appetite for fine fashion with her fabulous vintage-inspired collection. Perfect for a day at the office or Sunday brunch with your fashionista girlfriends, Yana’s young, vibrant pieces proved to be versatile for any occasion. A sheer, silky dress adorned with a soft, delicate floral pattern was simply a marvel to watch down the runway. Also commendable was a royal blue and khaki fitted dress adorned with cute pockets on the side and a royal blue bowtie on the collar. IMG Fashion Vice President Fern Mallis, Max Factor heir Davis Factor and Executive Director of Council of Fashion Deigners of America (CFDA) Steven Kolb sat front row.

Kevan Hall
Fashion Week Los Angeles came to an end as celebrity designer Kevan Hall showcased a heavenly collection of spring dresses and coordinates. Virginia Madsen and Kerry Washington sat front row as Grammy-winning singer Jody Watley was the first to work the runway. Singing the song “Aquarius,” the American pop star donned a beige satin top paired with a black, long skirt. From there, Hall turned up the heat with itsy-bitsy shorts matched up with intricately-beaded blouses and cute cropped jackets. Hall then made his mark with an eveningwear collection he called “Dusk to Dawn.” Using light fabrics like silk, jersey, tulle and chiffon of coral, yellow, plum, black and white hues, Hall said he was absolutely thrilled. "The fabrics this season really excite me," he said. "They are as light as clouds and fluid as rain." A bubble dress made of white silk and black tulle accented with a slim black rhinestone belt was simply amazing as was a ginger chiffon goddess-like gown.

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