Debutante balls, garden parties and reading the Sunday paper to see what the socialite of the week was wearing or who she was sharing a drink and light conversation with the Saturday night before. Sound familiar? Probably not because most of us were not witness to such exciting events. The Golden age of Couture (1925-1950) through its wide range of fashion designers like Chaanel, Dior, and Balenciaga captured the spirit of the era through their wonderful fashion designs and their impeccable taste for color and classic lines. Though they had many sources of inspiration, one muse stands out, and her name was Millicent Rogers . Millicent Rogers was a wealthy socialite who was known for her beauty and her immaculate taste in culture and style. Fifty years later, her hand of fashion influence finds itself tucked under the arm of Fashion Designer Kevan Hall and escorted on to the runway through the unveiling of his Spring/ Summer 2005 collection at the Mercedes Benz LA Fashion week. It was his desire with this collection to turn back the hands of time to a time when ladies clothing did not make her a ?slave to fashion? but gave her an opportunity to express her own unique style, or in Kevans own words, ?Classically American?. He also references Cecil Beaton, fashion photographer to the stars during the ?Golden age of Hollywood? as another source of inspiration to introduce to a new generation a blast from the past.
For connoisseurs of vintage fashion, this collection will definitely satisfy your hunger for the fashion classics; bias cut floor length gowns, asymmetrical cocktail dresses, slip dresses, and tailored suits. Silks, taffetas, crepes, and chiffons in rich colors of mango, lemon. and tangerine. Two of Kevans gowns are beautifully beaded with Swarovski crystals, amazing! Two other dresses in his collection, one asymmetrical dress in pink chiffon and another in green chiffon, are both hand painted; adding an extra dimension of beauty . Hall?s collection of masterpieces would not be complete without pieces named especially for his muse; the Millicent two piece pantsuit in white silk barathea, The Millicent stripped blouse in silk taffeta and another Millicent blouse in white cotton; pieces that Ms. Rogers would proudly wear herself.
With separates that can be easily mixed or matched for day or evening wear, this collection if not only beautiful, it is also practical. With models displaying the flawless beauty that will remind you of classic black and white glamour photographs as they present this collection, I hope your breath will be taken away as mine was. If you look close enough, you can see the essence Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Katherine Hepburn, and Marlene Dietrich bringing Hall?s collection to life. Hall expressed that he wanted to display a woman?s strength and confidence through this collection; and with Millicent Rogers as his inspiration, I believe he has succeeded. Not only does this collection display strength and confidence, it brings to our remembrance to power of femininity.