Filmed in 3D as the highlight of Othila Media’s documentary “Fashion and Culture in Los Angeles” (Director/Producer Catherine Bauknight, Associate Producer Leann Vasquez), which chronicles the city’s pivotal creative contributions to fashion, art, and music; 500 leading fashionistas, celebrities, and socialites attended the debut of Sue Wong “Spring Transcendent” 2013 Collection on Friday September 21, 2012 The Conga Room at LA Live in Los Angeles, CA.
The fashion show started with a recital of taiko drums followed by Thomas Jane, the lead for HBO series “Hung”, reciting verse from Ralph Waldo Emerson, a transcendentalist writer who reportedly influences the 2012 collection.
Sue Wong “Spring Transcendent “ 2013 Collection included 73-look show. Her designs are reminiscent of "Old Hollywood Glamour" whilst simultaneously modern. Further adornment beckoned jewelry by Vilaiwan; paired with several numbers denoting a salute to vintage – purses, fans, and hair accessories were ornate feather and floral pieces. As Sue Wong says “I am not a minimalist, I am a maximalist and I am still the Queen of Details.”
Sophisticated technique and unbridled detail resonated throughout the entire suite of nearly one hundred upscale dress and gown design – with Wong is at the forefront of proven designers in Los Angeles. Dramatic runway looks included long column, sleeveless, along with a particular one-shoulder dramatic accentuation in vibrant rouge. Demonstrative in ivory-hued, Sue Wong 2013 concluded with a plenteous bridal selection that rivals that of R I V I N I. Sweeping floor length gowns stunned audiences in composition – intricate embellishments and deep embroidery accentuate taffeta petal skirts, organza waterfalls and silk rouching.
For the Sue Wong “Spring Transcendent” 2012 Collection debut, I selected a piece from Sue Wong’s previous collection as her gowns are as timeless as they are romantic. Portraying Wong’s eminent “Glamour Goddess” whilst streamlining the “Old Hollywood Glam” look undeniably fit my traditional nature; bequeathing in a style that makes me feel utterly feminine, glamorous, and confident. Pairing with elevated indiscernible Louboutin heels for a slimmed leaner look, I accessorized the ensemble with boldly sizeable chandelier earrings complimented with vintage ring. Sweeping hair into fresh side pony tail was uniquely simple yet subtle statement of elegance for a hair style appropriate for attendance at one of the most prestige fashion shows in Los Angeles.
When walking the red carpet and honorably pictured with Sue Wong, it is was apparent she immediately recognized her gown as a smile played across her face. Sue Wong mentioned to me a few days later, “Thank you, Marina- It’s nice to see that my dresses really hold up well. Thanks for wearing an older friend, who still looks great!” I was honored and flattered to receive such compliment coming from the one and only -- Sue Wong.
Some of the guests were Hollywood's hottest actresses including Eva Mercille “American’s Next Top Model”, Bai Ling, Jadin Gould of Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel," Meital Dohan of Showtime's "Weeds," Jen Lilley and Lindsey Morgan of ABC's "General Hospital," Kearran Giovanni of TNT's "Major Crimes," and Chloe Noelle of HBO's "True Blood."
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