Before The Show: You can tell that fans of Farah Angsana are completely crazy about the dress designer. I would almost say the air before the show was giddy: people were chatting and fun. It was a very pleasant experience entering the tent and a bunch of us would up chatting about the collection.
Designer Bio: If you’re not familiar with Farah Angsana, she’s an internationally-known bridal and eveningwear designer. Trained at the Central School of Fashion in London and a secret of ladies who lunch, the Indonesian-born dynamo debut her cocktail and eveningwear collections here in the US during the Spring 2008 collections and has been beloved by the red carpet and bridal set ever since.
The Collection: Angsana’s collection was influenced by her homeland of Indonesia, featuring intricate headpieces and embroidery with a lush color palette that was really refreshing. The collection started out with some looks I would describe as “badass bridesmaid,” interpreting that storied silhouette in materials and with a dash of sparkle that kicks it up into a dress you would truly wear again if it were used for such an occasion: ikat print, cocktail dresses embellished with Swarovski crystals and metal chain embroidery. The collection evolved into daytime ready blouses that slipped seductively off the shoulder and ended with dresses that were celebration-ready: cocktail and evening gowns that were simply covered in metal beading and sequins, laser-pleated goddess gowns with beautiful applique and weaving details and beautiful construction. The color palette started with a silver tone and evolved through blues and pinks before reaching a vibrant bronze and green combination that’s bound to be seen on the red carpet. The finale dress is something I still can’t stop speaking about: a green draped chiffon cocktail minidress covered in Swarovski crystals and gold beading. Simply breathtaking.
Trend Spotting: I wouldn’t say that there were major trends here, other than a love of crystal and fantastic color. I love the continuing embrace of glamour.
Overall Impression: This is evening wear that we’re bound to see on the red carpet and reinterpreted for bridal. That finale dress has to show up during awards season. It’s too good (as was most of the collection) to not be worn for a spectacular occasion.
Check out the photo gallery below, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and IMG Fashion!