A Brazilian Samba dancer accompanied by two drum performers kicked off Wong's runway show, foreshadowing the new line's foreign influences. Long, flowing dresses held up by simple straps display electric brights and tie-dyed patterns inspired by motifs of Eastern European folklore and primitive block prints of Africa and Micronesia. The rich, textured colors and fabrics of India run rampant throughout the collection, and the eye is brought to full focus due to Wong's combination of such Indian influences contrasted against vivid tropical prints and hot colors of the Amazon jungle. Bright pink, orange and green show up most often not only within the dresses but the head pieces and headdresses that adorn the hair and head of practically every model on the runway.
Surprisingly, as much power as such colors exude, Wong keeps it simple, elegant and seductive with thin spaghetti straps and open backs for almost every dress, yet decidedly feminine with unexpectedly full petal, ruffled and organza pouf skirts. If there was anything that wasn't beaded or wasn't accompanied by flowers (whether a corsage or worn as a hair piece) I certainly didn't see it.
And while other designers (Yana K, Anthony Franco) chose a 1970s flair to flavor their Spring collections, Wong took hers even farther, back to the 1920s, giving her collection a decidedly flapper edginess, illustrated by long necklaces, simple, straight lines for the dresses and little purses with long straps, as well as hand and elbow gloves to finish the look. Flapper-style wedding dresses with large top and floppy hats covered in yards of creamy white veil were donned during Wong's 'White Wedding' segment of the show, an almost deja vu experience from her Fall 2005 collection; but perhaps most unique was the head piece worn by the very last model, Barbara, whose head was adorned with what looked like long, criss-crossed silvery white branches taken straight from a Robert Frost poem.
Most importantly, though, Wong's 2006 collection seems to capture a glimpse into the complexity and contradictory character of women and their fashion choices, contrasting bare arms with gloved wrists and elbows; bare heads with a simple decorative piece with fully covered heads and faces; and simple sexuality held up by thin straps with seductive demureness alluded to coyly by flounce and flirty skirts.
Flamboyant? Yes. Demanding attention? Yes. Surprisingly delicate and almost wistful? That too. But if you're going for a Clara Bow look, you might just want to think about purchasing a Wong gown'
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