“Fashion’s true virtue lies in lasting style. Fashion changes, but style is eternal.” This message was evident from the Farah Angsana Spring 2012 Presentation. Transitioning from last season’s flashier, edgy vibe, Farah Angsana chose to showcase her Spring 2012 Collection in a more intimate setting. Entitled “Ornamentation Enchantment,” the edited collection of 20 looks focused on red-carpet glamour with a series of draped goddess gowns and flirty cocktail frocks. I caught up with the show’s producer, Susan Sidor, who said the company was “going back to its roots for an elevated elegance.” She explained that the refocused design direction prompted them to choose a presentation format rather than a runway show, so that the press and buyers could view the collection more closely, in greater detail, as if casually dropping in on a swanky soiree. Initially inspired by a painting in aShanghai art gallery, the result was a series of kaleidoscope dresses with a slight reference toJapan, intersecting the traditions of the East with the modernity of the West.
The collection’s shapes, embroideries, and palette were steeped in cultural elements including a kimono jacket atop an open slit skirt; the cherry blossom-inspired baby pink caftan; and the symbolically fortunate shade of a scarlet red sleeveless tulle v-neck gown. The silhouette varied from draped goddess, mermaid, and one-shoulder gowns to empire waist, strapless, and origami cocktail frocks. Floral appliqués, hand-beaded bodices, embellished necklines, feathers, and crystals adorned the dresses which were grouped in three vignettes of color. With the exception of a handful of nude and ivory dresses, the palette was bursting with warm and cool hues from copper, caramel, coral, raspberry, and red (reminiscent of the flowering cherry blossoms depicted in the aforementioned art work) to orchid, lilac, marina, aqua, and stone blue (representative of a summer sky).
The Central School of Fashion alumna came full circle with this season, channeling Madame Grès, delivering a collection that was classically elegant and glamorous with added embroidered enhancements and a vibrant sense of color. Some of my favorite looks from the Farah Angsana Spring 2012 Collection included: the caramel hand draped embellished silk organza gown; a coral peach beaded strapless gown; the raspberry strapless cocktail dress with embellishments; an ivory pleated bodice gown with crystal embellishments; and the aqua strapless goddess draped gown.
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