It would seem that Douglas Hannant is taking a cue from Justin Timberlake, bringing 'Sexy Back' with his new collection for fall. I arrived at Gotham Hall, Herald Square's very own Cipriani, with ACDC's precursory 'Shook Me All Night Long,' blaring from the speakers. A musical medley of rock, dance, and ballads reverberated as photographers, journalists, and additional guests took their seats. The grand Romanesque columns were awash with blue lights as antique textiles suspended from the gilt hexagons of vaulted ceilings only to frame a mezzanine overlooking the runway, setting the stage for Douglas Hannant's magnificent tenth anniversary celebration!
According to his profile, the Illinois native relocated to New York in 1988 after earning a Fine Arts degree from Missouri State University. He continued to develop his inherent design talent and affinity for luxury while studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Douglas Hannant has become known for blending modernism and romanticism, with a signature design approach that juxtaposes sportswear and couture. His designs are simple in shape, but rich in fabrication and texture. 'The key to my clothes is the balance of sexy and chic,' says the designer. Touted as the new darling of the Park Avenue set, Mr. Hannant understands the transient lifestyle that moves between New York, Palm Beach, Aspen, and the Hamptons.
With a sultry blend of pintucked blouses, ruched suits, and corseted gowns; the silhouette was fitted, feminine, and very SEXY! We saw a glimpse of trends to come with a strong showing of dark, rich colors blended with metallics, bringing glamour back (as well) to fashion for Fall 2007. Detailed embellishments such as feathers, beads, and fringe accented the the forty-piece collection.
The standout pieces for me were: a blueberry basket weave fitted jacket with a black velvet asymmetrical ruched skirt; the nutmeg eyelet velvet coat with suede trim worn over a beaded sheath; a silver strapless tweed dress with black lace applique; the black lace cocktail dress with organza petals; a champagne strapless sequin lace corseted gown; and a renaissance irridescent fortuny pleated gown with velvet detail.
After the show, the parted crowd converged at the foot of the runway and along the open bar to enjoy fresh fruit, cheese, assorted hors d'oeuvres and of course heaps and heaps of champagne. With friends, colleagues, and industry veterans out on the freezing winter night to toast Douglas Hannant's great achievements over the past decade, everyone raised their glasses to another ten years!