Sue Wong, Gregorio Sanchez, Tatiana Shabelnik & House of Li Jon Showcase Opening Night At Art Hearts Fashion Show
by Ivanna Woods
On the eve of Monday, October 5th, designer Sue Wong opened Art Hearts Fashion with alluring and poetic elegance with her 'Alchemy & Masquerade' Spring 2016 Collection. With her design mantra of Beauty ~ Magic ~ Transformation embedded within each of her immaculate designs, her 79 piece collection complete with headdresses created by Maritzia Regalado of Atzi Designs, Betty Long of What a Betty, Marika Soderlund-Robinson of Kicka Custom Design and Rocky Gathercole had the fashionably chic audience spellbound. And with the beautiful chandeliers hanging throughout the ballroom, the music from the 'Phantom of the Opera' added a beautifully dramatic touch to the ambiance.
"I always design with specific intention to liberate and to awaken the Feminine Divine Goddess in each and every woman. Every Sue Wong gown is a sculptural statement of this evolutionary, trans formative dance between Alchemy and Masquerade, a symphony of dark drama and transcending light," Wong says. And indeed, her gowns seem to command great power from the wearer. When worn in conjunction with the astounding headpieces, pure magic happens on the runway.
What was particularly unique about the 'Alchemy & Masquerade' Spring 2016 Collection was that so many of the dresses alone were very approachable and could easily be worn off runway. This aspect creates truly broadens your market as a designer in terms of creating designs that are both couture, yet can be considered ready to wear in certain cases - which Wong executed beautifully.
Designer Gregorio Sanchez' line was energetic and fun. Surprising combinations of black and white checkered patterns offset with vibrant hues, lace blouses worn bra less, petite skorts and knee length skirts, brilliant colored belts, and sky high rhinestone bejeweled platform stilettos. Models' hair was coiffed in high pompadours to finish the eye catching, memorable look.
Dance and music met on the runway when Tatiana Shabelinik's line graced the stage. Energetic dancers opened Shabelinik's portion of the show and once the dance culminated, models donning flowy dresses with bold bright colors, shapes and color blocking conveyed a comfortable yet stylish SpringS16 collection. Born in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, Shabelinik's passion for travel and appreciation for culture truly shone in this collection. Her designs draw from the influence of folk Belorussian dresses, and by reflecting her culture she created a connection with her ancestral past through contemporary clothing for the audience to appreciate.
Self taught designer Lia Mira of House of Li Jon culminated Monday evening's runway shows with her chain mail everyday clothing and jewelry designs. The combination of sculpting metal and crystal info a stylishly sophisticated yet functional format is what truly appeals to the contemporary wearer, and Mira certainly committed to this. From halter tops and 3/4 length skirts, to dresses, skirts with fringe, shawls for women (and a puppy!), bandeaux's, vests and ties for men - it appears House of Li Jon knows no bounds.
Photos by Robert Silver Photography
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