The crowd was slow to be herded into the 'main tent' but when the front row started filling up with its occupants there was a sudden flicker of flashbulbs coming from every direction. Aside from the usual program that greets a fashion show attendee on their seating assignment, there was a gift bag at Pegah Anvarian that included a compilation disc titled 'The Finest In Reggae Music.' Anticipation was building for what could be the best of what Anvarian had to offer for Spring 2006 while Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron was being seated.
The Jamaican reference was quite apparent with reggae music in the background but it did not have to take the first 11 looks for Anvarian to convince us of her use of variegated trim. It started on a handkerchief hem dress in plum, worked its way to a fuschia tank, and back again on a burnt orange dress. Though her tops in earth tones are sure to please the girl who likes to translate daywear into evening with a pair of jeans, the bottoms paired with them in the show fell short. A pair of shorts in sage made to look haphazard by the roll and twist of its cuff looked contrived, especially on its second pass in white.
For a designer who has been known for her draping of jersey, brocade halfway into the show looked awkward as if to reaffirm this new attempt by the stiffness of the fabric. A trench coat was questionable enough on its own but when a tediously knotted and overlapped drawstring halter over a gold pencil skirt of the aforementioned fabric followed, the effect of ease and movement from open side sweaters earlier in the show was lost.
'Inspired by the intoxicating coral colors of the reefs' and the sultry, sexy heat of Jamaican summer nights,' was noted in Pegah Anvarian's program. So dresses in gradients of blue, green, and pink were expected at the end of the show. Unfortunately, the finest of them all was shown in beige.
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