With an extensive and impressive background of regular showings at London Fashion Week and garments selling in various boutiques all over Europe, British designer Julia Clancey crosses the Atlantic to showcase her spring 2009 collection of exquisite couture pieces at this year’s Mercedes-Benz LA Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City. Her showing, aptly titled Un Petit Quelquechose, was all about free-flowing dresses, subdued colors, and accentuated accessories such as headbands and sunglasses, all highlighting the contemporary elegance of spring time.
The show started off with an inspiring operatic performance by opera singer, Summer (aka Summer Watson). She kicked off the show with a stirring performance of " Mal di Luna" set to the musical composition of Ludwig von Beethoven’s “ Moonlight Sonata”. Her voice moved the audience as if one was attending a night at the opera and what a brilliant touch it was to see her angelically dressed in a Clancey original. During the finale of her performance, she extended her hands up in the air as if she were about to spread her wings and fly away as she held a high note worthy of an applause.
As the lights faded to black with Julia Clancey's signature name lit in traditional florescent fuchsia lighting, models began to bring their signature stomps to the runway to '70s disco-inspired music masterfully chosen by Spencer Mac. Designs that highlighted her showcase include layered baby doll dresses to long flowing gowns with plunging necklines. She effectively used silk and chiffon in her design construction to convey regality and elegance. What worked beautifully in Clancey’s favor was the fact that each design complemented her model’s skin tones. Her use of colors to signify spring time made this collection pleasurable to watch. One could tell that Clancey took special care in the custom crafting and the creation of each piece as the models glided seamlessly down the runway as if they were floating on air.
In a surprising and rebel rousing turn, Clancey’s final model commanded the stage with the agility of a dancer and showcased Clancey’s final design. Her model used the stage as her playground by turning round and round repeatedly showing off the design. The aqua and white amidst the flowing fabric made this design stand out apart from the rest of the collection and added that desired finishing touch.
Julia Clancey’s designs have graced various magazines and publications such as Vogue, InStyle, ELLE, GQ and Glamour and have embodied celebrities such as Dita Von Teese, Mischa Barton, Cameron Diaz and Victoria Beckham. Whether it was the use of Michael Antonio’s shoes to hairstyling by Johnny Stuntz or makeup by Lori Taylor, Clancey’s show was definitely one of the most memorable ones for LA Fashion Week.
For more information about the designer herself, her history and her past and present collections, please visit her website at (http://www.juliaclancey.com).
For more information about Summer, the opera singer who thrilled the crowd with her voice, please visit her website at (http://www.summer-sings.com/index.html).
For a schedule of events and designers appearing at Mercedes-Benz LA Fashion Week, visit (http://www.mbfashionweek.com).
Photos provided by Jerod Williams and Mercedes Benz LA Fashion Week