Dina Bar-el is well known throughout the fashion world for her elegant gowns that are picture perfect for any red carpet event. But trust me, you don’t have to be Beyonce Knowles, Katherine McPhee or Penelope Cruz to look like a million bucks in a Bar-El original. The three c’s of a great dress – cut, color and contour – have had its standards set by the chic and ever so glamorous designer.
Since her humble beginnings in 1974 until now, the evolution of her design sense has continued to surge and spawn out creations that are sought after season after season. For her Spring 2008 collection, Bar-el didn’t pull out the stops when it came to sparkle, vibrant color and flowing silks and chiffons. This collection takes us from cocktail parties to wedding parties in a matter of minutes and celebs such as Ali Landry and Adrienne Frantz were there to witness the transformation.
Elements of appeal for the collection happened to be the use of two tone colors throughout the line. Deep purples paired with pale pinks and glitzy gold’s trimmed with iridescent ivory made the dresses pop off the runway. Another favorite happened to be brightly colored “lipstick” sheaths with delicate detailing and blouson style tops. With all the play in color, there was yet room for a few sophisticated looks in black and white or mixture of the two.
Another look that is sure to make headway for the spring is metallic. Bar-el stamped her imprint on short and tight metallic gold and silver mini dresses with contoured bodices. Slide into one of these dresses and you will definitely be a showstopper. But, from my perspective, the metallic minis were trumped by similar styled dress in bold print patterns. There is something about an eccentric pattern that makes my blood boil with excitement. Bar-el created an art canvas on many of her designs all with the use of color splashes or bleeds and blends of one color into the next. A little bling mixed in took the collection to the next level.
On the other side of the spectrum, if you dare not to be a showstopper in a mini dress, but rather be the belle of your own ball or shall I say wedding, then grace yourself in one of the long flowing dresses in satin and chiffon. I could picture many of the looks as the backdrop to a stellar wedding party. And speaking of weddings, Bar-el closed her show with a jewel accentuated silk wedding gown in a light silver hue. It was stunning!
My sister Gwendolyn Carlson and I had the pleasure of sitting next to Dina Bar-el’s esthetician Kathleen Boniface who rushed to the show from her skin care facility, Boniface Skin Care in Beverly Hills, CA. An avid fan of Bar-El, Boniface was exhilarated by the show and designs. “Dina always knows what looks great on the female figure…her designs are so glamorous,” states Boniface. And I couldn’t agree with her more.
If you would like to experience what it means to wear a Dina Bar-el original, check out her website at www.dinabarel.com. Trust me, you will be glad you did!