It is a universal truth — ladies love to dress up and get gorgeous for the holidays. So it was inspiring to attend the launch of Sue Wong’s latest designs. Arguably the Queen of Glamorous Style, Wong showcased her “Lady or Vamp Spring 2012” collection, which had sort of a seasonal “naughty or nice” theme to it, although it won’t be out until next year.
Wong said the dresses and gowns presented were inspired by the dual archetypes of sweet lovely ladies and sultry seductive vamps. She explained that the enigmatic contrast between the light and dark aspects of feminine nature has long maintained a place in the collective psyche from ancient biblical stories of Adam and Eve, to Hollywood classics, exemplified by Snow White and the beautiful wicked queen.
“Every woman is both Madonna and Temptress,” insisted the fashion maven, and her designs reflect that idea. Wong’s gothic romantic new collection offers sweet flowing jeweled gowns, which are pale-toned and ethereal. For contrast, there were also seductive gowns of black lace, satin, and chiffon, with enough sexiness and appeal to bring out the femme fatale in every woman. Oh my!
So angelic and devilishly fabulous models created an exciting ambiance, showing off the designs while strolling around the unique Voyeur nightclub in West Hollywood. Fashionistas and VIP guests were also there mingling. Wong doesn’t do a traditional runway show; instead she likes to showcase them as you would see them worn at a special event.
It is a great way to enjoy the collection, seeing the detailed beadwork up close and chatting with the models, especially the super-sweet America’s Next Top Model “Cycle 16” finalist Jaclyn Poole, who just moved to L.A. from Texas. I learned that the ruby red China Glaze nail polish on her and the girls was called “High Maintenance,” of course! The well-manicured ladies were thanks to Melissa Bozant at the Fred Segal Salon. Other sponsors for the event included the “take time to breath” South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Chinese Laundry Shoes and Accessories, and hosiery from Leg Luxury.
Wearing a platinum Sue Wong creation, Leeza Gibbons is among the many Hollywood notables who adore Wong, and she was gushing: “The Spring 2012 collection takes her elegant creativity to a whole new dimension. Sue Wong is not only a Hollywood Secret Weapon, she represents every woman’s capacity to unleash her most sensual self.” Absolutely!
More fashion news comes from a spectacular runway presentation for the 2011 Dorchester Collection design competition. It was held in the Rodeo Ballroom at the legendary “Pink Palace” Beverly Hills Hotel, a member of the Dorchester Collection of luxury hotels. The posh event featured the models from “Cycle 18” of America’s Next Top Model and was filmed for an episode of the CW series to air next year.
The attention-grabbing jewelry designs and accessories by Anndra Neen, a line from Mexico-born sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens, won the 2011 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize. In addition to a nice cash prize, they get the priceless opportunity to display their work at Dorchester Collection’s iconic Hotel Plaza Athenee during Paris Fashion Week in 2012. Christian Dior considered that hotel his second home — lucky fellow.
There’s a wonderful trend in style and beauty that’s as easy as one, two, three, says Ramona Molayem, co-founder of Style Bar BH with Sharona Rahimian. All women should take a tip from celebrities who go to a one stop shop for the three essentials to make you feel your best before a big night out. A hair blow out, professional makeup, and a mani-pedi are the power-trio in the glam department. “So relax, let the professionals do it for you, and you will be ready for anything from a special date or a big star-studded event.” Sounds like Santa may have found the perfect gifts for all the fashionable ladies on his nice list.