Reception musical accompaniment by The Estrada Boys and hors d’oeuvres by El Cholo restaurant, STOP STARING! By Alicia Estrada presented a 32 piece collection for Fall 2012, kicking off a week long stream of designers showcasing at Vibiana.
Retro-chic circa 1940’s combined with the aesthetic era of 1950’s Betty Paige-like Hollywood Glamour, Tango music by Josh One for Boomnote Music accompanied a meticulously cultivated presentation by Ms. Estrada’s design team. Featuring stylist Arturo D. Chavez, full figure yet petite models accentuated Stop Staring! vintage silhouettes. Su Han for Cloutier Remix chose MAC Cosmetics for adorned eyelids in winged black eyeliner, complete in ruby red slipper lips and heavy smoked eye expression while hairstylist Jeffery Jagged went for renown 20’s trendily crimped hair; detailing each piece with long waves in red and brunette combinations.
The finishing touch to each ensemble were beautifully classic innovations by Gaspar; prized opera length finger enclosements in white ivory and fur trimmed black leather cuffed gloves. Cinched red leather wristlet gloves adorned one particularly magnificent ensemble for a runway show that demonstrated not only a connection heralding the past, but a full feature debut of what it means to be a Stop Staring! woman dressed for the present.
Strides created an illusion of windswept fluid movement adding even more reflection to floor length gown in gold shimmer with T back. The last look of the evening was a floor length gown in gold sequins, leaving the crowd gasping as dress and model presented decorum of “Epoca de Oro” – the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema. Citing Dolores del Rio as her inspiration, Estrada defines retro-contemporary via new window pane print and enhancement of Latina curves while cementing color blocking as a new trend.
Included in the highlights are green hounds tooth sweet dress with tulle underskirt, black plaid dress with grey plaid 1950’s coat and grey tweed fleck 1940s dress coat. Crowd murmurs rose when the sixteenth look strode the runway; black plaid pant, sheer top and double fur stole. Faux options are readily available on the market for those environmentally friendly cosmopolitans looking to compliment black with white microdot blouse and pleats skirt [double fur stole]. Leopard metallic cover girl fitted dress shatteringly flattered Michael Antonio Footwear - heels with killer strapped rocking 5" eyelet lined tasseled stilettos.
The synopsis of Bosnian native Ina Soltani for her latest Fall 2012 collection contains a plethora of ideologies, ranging from mermaid rouge gown to black and grey suede leather washed bubble short jumper. Designs showcased by Soltani, who collaborates with manufacturers spread across three continents, bring to mind a passionate and powerfully salubrious client - validation proven upon consideration of high profile clients such as Kristen Stewart, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria, Katy Perry, and Jennifer Lopez.
Soltani demonstrates her ability to continue with evening gowns and cocktail dresses creating a turbulent eclection of multi-dimensional garments season after season. Ardor for detailed tailoring and form fitting hourglass inspired laces, satins, chiffons and taffetas embellished with feathers, fringe and sequins frame an ideal woman's vision of wardrobe perfection.
The range of color fits accordingly with Soltani’s 'Inner Gypsy' collection – a line infused with metallic, rich and sultry colors, textured blacks, smooth ivory and obtrusive crèmes. Satin finishes balance color blocking in a particularly bold combination of deep purple sleeveless crop top accenting hot magenta slacks.
Heading out on the runway to thumping DJ rock mixes, Soltani models carried looks simultaneously diverse in elegance to stone-cold foxy rocker. As we watched, one believed the essence of design formulated the purpose and walk of each stylized model, down to heavily smoked out lids and thespian liner.
HoT InSiDeR? Stylist Jonas Halbert is considering Soltani for a fashion shoot with Cameron Diaz.
Neihule provided complimentary nail bar with manicurists proffering a wide selection of Dream colors; sizzling heater for those waiting in line on Monday's brisk spring evening for a turn to get nails shone up for the show. Brunch Butler - the first brunch delivery service - served an assortment of fruit with silver forks diving into chocolate fondue fountain and fruit infused cocktails filling glistening cups, compliments of VnC.
Back again from last season at Vibiana was DJ Paper who threw in classic hits laced with remix interludes to change his style and keep it fresh, “I play for the people who listen all night and all week long who don’t want to hear the same thing..."
Photography By Winston Burris.