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Farah Angsana Couture presented its Fall 2009 collection in Bryant Park, New York City on Feb 16, 2009. Entitled “Kiss of a Dragon”, the collection featured stunning evening gowns, gorgeous cocktail dresses, and beautiful cape-dress combinations.
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The Kiss of A Dragon
Three seasons ago, Farah Angsana’s couture collections hit New York in a sea of soft ruffles, dazzling rusching, and exquisite embroidery. Fall 2009 saw her showing in Bryant Park for the first time, and all her signature trademarks – draping, rushing, beading, and embroidery – were present in full force.
Cocktail dresses in cream, antique gold and sage silk gave way to silk chiffon evening gowns and a stunning gunmetal silk jersey draped evening gown. Simple silhouettes paired with detailed bead work presented the viewer with rich contrasts. A cocktail dress is transformed with Gazar tiers and Swarovski crystal beading, while the designer re-invents simple capes with jet beading and embroidery to create texture and a feeling of luxury. I particularly liked the Jacquard coats with beautifully beaded hems and cuffs and trimmed collars. They added a new shape to the dresses and gowns which with to play.
And Farah Angsana did indeed play with this collection, the backdrop of which was Shanghai in 1939. She spun a story about the kiss of a dragon that transforms the Farah Angsana Woman into a phoenix. This theme was evident in the use of many accents, including ostrich feathers and mandarin collars and culminated in a dramatic final piece – a black and red silk chiffon draped evening gown with embroidered and beaded black and gold dragon scales. I can’t wait to see which Hollywood starlet has the chutzpah to carry off this absolutely stunning dress!
I had another wonderful opportunity to ogle at Farah Angsana’s exquisite couture workmanship – this time her fabulous couture wedding gowns. These gowns are for the young, gorgeous Upper East Side starlets whose lives are as colorful as the set on Gossip Girl. Thoroughly aspirational, Farah Angsana Couture’s bridal fashions will also be a hit with the style-conscious Los Angelistas.
The classic Farah Angsana Couture trademarks were all there – the lovely rusching, the fabulous embroidery and drapery, the ethereal fabrics used, and that je-ne sais-quoi of her Asian heritage and European sensibility . Silhouettes were very modern, with only a couple of pieces that accented traditional wedding gowns. And even those were subtley executed: with more flattering shapes, and sleeker trains and veils. Another cohesive and beautifull presented collection. Well done, Farah!
I’m attending the Farah Angsana Couture Spring 2009 show tomorrow at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. It’s a great location in a fabulous neighborhood.
Since her first showing in New York last year, Farah Angsana has had a string of celebrities don her glamorous frocks. Terri Hatcher, Carrie Underwood, Olivia Wilde have all picked Farah Angsana Couture dresses for black tie and red carpet events and received great reviews. Her drapery is exquisite and I really hope I get to sit right by the runway so that I can see the details and hear the swish of the material as the models sashay by.
I leave you with some of her pervious creations and will gleefully Twitter her show tomorrow.
I was very privileged to attend Farah Angsana Couture at NYC Fashion Week. Farah Angsana is an established Parisian designer based in Zurich, Switzerland.
Her website has yet to be updated, but a review of a show several seasons ago reveals just how successful she has been in her career. A casual trawl through the Internet will also give you plenty of information about the designer.
After more digging, I found out that Style360 is a initiative by Hachette Publications, principally Elle Magazine, and more information can be found out about it on the Elle subsite. There’s yet more information about Farah Angsana and the other designers that Style360 showcased in New York this time round.
On to the clothes. Beautiful, detailed hand drapery, on long flowing goddess gowns, in some light, warm, spring colors. I hope to have some pictures posted soon. Each look had a name, and the two dresses I remember were
(a) this pale olive green, jersey silk gown with a jeweled belt; and
(b) a rose jersey silk gown with straps and detailed embroidery.
The styling was great, the music, everything. The show could’ve done with a lot more people, though. More people should definitely become more familiar with Farah Angsana Couture. The clothes are very wearable, especially for events that need that dramatic touch. So the clothes are quite suitable for red-carpet events and such.