Kevan Hall Opens Mercedes Benz Fashion Week with a Return to Glamourous "Retro" Cafe Society!
While you might think you already read about Kevan Hall, you didn’t really *read* about his collection. You merely looked at some photos. Thanks to Marie Bargas who was on hand for the actual show and she brings you the details you might have missed!
It is always difficult for a designer to show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week after Kevan Hall because Hall is such a hard act to follow. This season Hall opened Fashion Week with a collection that set the watermark for evening wear and high society couture… so much so that editors on the preceding days were heard whispering, “I saw that done better by Kevan Hall.”
From the moment the first model strolled down the runway dressed in black and white en homage to vintage Chanel, it was clear that once again, Hall would rule the runways in this little ville we call LA. Even the mega-monster Lauren Conrad Show that promised to deliver on Weds. night’s top bill fizzled and fell flat after the reality show fans had their fill of the “new kid in town.”
Kevan Hall halter dress design in white and yellow
It made us think that another, less experienced vintage inspired designer, PROJECT RUNWAY’s Kenley Collins, might take a cue from Hall. She should have talked less and designed more. Hall, whose temperament more closely resembles the calm and cool PROJECT RUNWAY winner, Leanne Marshall, remains the consummate gentlemen in back and in front of the house.
“Red carpet ready” black dress by Kevan Hall
Daywear separates in tres chic black and white were updated with details like double breasted tops, black piping on white and tailoring that fit without looking uncomfortable.
Although the background music was an appropriate classical selection, we could not help thinking that perhaps Le Vie en Rose or any other French classic tune might have added to the ambience. Stylist fans of movie classics like Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief or Chocolat were already scribbling furiously on their pads with selections for the Golden Globes, the Oscars or more appropriately, The Cannes Film Festival, where European chic from an American designer is always breaking news.
Our first favorite was a black and yellow floral print on a 50’s silhouette dress that Sophia Loren would have worn with much success in her heyday. Let’s fast forward and hope that Penelope Cruz’s stylist was there and that Hall’s dress will be in her garment bags when she lands in the South of France.
An aquamarine ball gown drew the usual applause because of its fabulous construction despite the fact that the model was not a “Grace Kelly” blonde.
Aquamarine ball gown
Finally, a perfectly delicious pink gown with a plunging neckline and the most intricate beading we’ve seen around a waistline literally begged to be worn to the Oscars, not by a presenter, but surely a nominee with a waistline to brag about.
All in all, the show was perfection. Rachel Zoe… miss “I love vintage”…, why weren’t you in the first row?
Thank you to Marie Bargas for her spot-on coverage. Thank you to Ping, AC, and Raffy for all the great work!
Photos courtesy of beseeninhollywood.com
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