Vintage Hollywood glamour grabbed the spotlight when fashion designer to the stars Sue Wong enchanted everyone, presenting her new line during last month’s L.A. Fashion Week. The theme for her Fall 2011 collection came from My Fair Lady and the film’s lovely iconic star Audrey Hepburn. Wong said, “Hollywood legends have always been my inspiration.”
Indeed, in looking at the exquisite long gowns and cocktail dresses that had intricate beading and lace, it was easy to imagine the willowy Hepburn wearing them. There were lots of willowy models showing off the designs, as well as magnificent hats that would make them right at home in the Ascot scene.
The fashion showcase wasn’t a traditional runway show. Instead it was a fabulous champagne brunch party held at Wong’s historic Los Feliz estate called The Cedars. It is a grand mansion once owned by silent screen star Norma Talmadge, and could be described as a scaled down Hearst Castle, with all the ornate 1920s architectural details in room after room. It was the ideal setting for Wong’s styles that evoke a bygone era. And the models were strolling around, giving everyone an up close and personal glimpse of the designs’ fine details.
“My desire is to transform everyone with beauty and glamour. When you put on a gown it should be a magical experience,” Wong told me, adding that her mantra is “Beauty. Magic. Transformation.” She explained that is the central theme of My Fair Lady, with Eliza Doolittle going from a “guttersnipe flower girl, transformed into an elegant duchess.”
The well-dressed celebrities at the event totally agreed about the transformation magic that happens when they wear a Sue Wong design. Romi Dames (Hannah Montana) loves the romantic styles which she called “bedazzling.” Among the other guests were Glee’s Charlotte Ross, Carolyn Hennesy, Bridget Marquardt and young Madison Leisle. Kate Linder (Young and the Restless) wore a classic coat/dress ensemble by Wong.
Supermodel Jaimie Hilfiger arrived in a gorgeous rosebud pink cocktail dress and said, “I chose this dress in keeping with the My Fair Lady theme. I wear Sue Wong because she’s a master of capturing beauty.” Also on hand were Natalie Getz and Michelle Money from The Bachelor, Gina Golden, Yari De Leon, Jillian Rose Reed and Vanessa Bell Calloway.
The legendary Tippi Hedren wore a chic fedora that was a nod to the Professor Henry Higgins character. “I think the collection is probably one of the most beautiful in the whole world no matter how long you go back in the history of fashion. Sue Wong has such an air of elegance, glamour — everything you could possibly want,” Hedren praised.
Wong said, “I think I’ve always been enamored of vintage fashion; I must have had an incarnation in the 1920s and 1930s, because they are absolutely my favorite eras.”
The new designs features gowns and cocktail dresses in rich satin, flowing chiffons and fine laces, embellished with Edwardian inspired beadwork, intricate embroidery and delicate appliqué with skirts of organza and ostrich feathers. The collection “can transform any woman into a goddess, enchantress and duchess,” said Wong, who has become a fashion legend.