Over 400 carefully curated guests joined internationally renowned celebrity fashion designer Sue Wong for a 10 year retrospective of her work on New Year’s Eve. Ms. Wong presented her installation in the form of living sculptures. The guests were absolutely delighted to see beautiful models adorned in Wong’s most exquisite creations floating from one room to another in her residence, the historical Hollywood landmark palazzo, The Cedars. The gowns, and corresponding regal headdresses celebrated the beauty of Old Hollywood, which was the theme of the event.
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Ms. Wong was presented with the “Diamond Rose Award” by Jarvee Hutcherson, President of the Multicultural Motion Picture Association. Ms. Wong was also given awards from the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors.
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The beauty of Ms. Wong’s creations was matched perfectly by the backdrop of the Cedars, where the guests were able to step through the looking glass and straight into Old Hollywood. Artfully preserved, the Cedars presents the architectural equivalent to Sue’s designs, each evoking a mood of romance and opulence. A visual ecstasy.
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Fashion meets Architecture meets Music. Artists truly converged for a spectacular event of sensory pleasures including musical performances by Maria Elena Infantino and opera stars Michael Peer and Oleksandra Hrabova. The passion of all the artists in attendance could be felt in the walls of the Cedars. Los Feliz neighbors call the 1926 hilltop villa "the Norma Talmadge estate" after the silent-screen actress who reportedly lived here. Jimi Hendrix, Dennis Hopper, Lou Reed and late rocker Arthur Lee also were former inhabitants.
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The author enjoys a contemplative moment in the Jimi Hendrix room. Photo: John Forrester
Tesla Presents the Affluent Attache' Winter Wonderland Fashion Show with Mister Triple X & Michael NGO December 19, 2015 Photographed by Jeff Linett
Los Angeles, California - A Sexy holiday experience at the Affluent Attache' Winter Wonderland Mister Triple X & Michael NGO fashion show presented by Tesla. The elegant charity fashion show featured multiple fashion presentations by Mister Triple X and an opening fashion show by Michael NGO. The fashion show produced by Erik Rosete was presented by Tesla Motors in benefit of Children's Hospital LA.
Guests were delighted by the decadent desserts by Belladonna Sweets featuring tequila infused strawberries and sinfully delicious treats. During the night models wowed the crowd in fashions by Michael NGO and Mister Triple X by Erik Rosete.
Guests came out to the Affluent Attache' event to enjoy the fashion, celebrate the holidays and support Children's Hospital LA. Moreno Sparkling wine was the welcome refreshment of choice by all the chic attendees. Beauty Sponsor ET Artistry by Erik Torppe made perfected the models in sexy winter look. Other sponsors and supporters included Let's Hang App, and Whole Life Balance. Title sponsor Tesla Motors displayed a beautiful Model S and provided lucky guests with Tesla Products and complimentary rides.
Iconic British actress, Dame Joan Collins, best known for her role as the beautiful, yet bitchy Alexis Morell Carrington on the 80's hit drama "Dynasty," is set to auction off fashion, and more at Julien's Auction House in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, December 16th.
Dame Joan showed up yesterday at Julien's for a special press preview, and walked us through some of the items from her spectacular private collection. She wore a figure hugging animal print dress, and clearly has lost none of her considerable allure and star power over the years.
Joan has been a life-long lover of fashion. Highlights of the auction include: A cream colored skirt suit Joan herself designed for her recent investiture, when she was made a Dame of the British Empire by Prince Charles, a gorgeous black beaded jacket gifted to the actress by the late Gianni Versace, and a halter top dress, with faux jewels, Joan wore to the premiere of the film 'Dr. Dolittle', with then husband Anthony Newley.
Also, a couple of Yves Saint Laurent jackets, an amazing pair of Yves Saint Laurent earnings, jackets by Chanel and Escada, and quite a few Valentino items. There is also a stunning, pink floral gown Collins wore in her photo in Britain's National Portrait Gallery, and even the navy blue power suit she wore to court during her terrorizing, yet triumphant legal battle with Random House.
And, of course, gowns and jewelry Alexis wore on Dynasty. Someone asked Joan how she was able to just keep her clothes from Dynasty, and she replied: "My best friend was Nolan Miller, who was the designer. Sometimes if I really liked something I would say I'd really like to have it, and he would say, yes, I will give it to you."
There are several reasonably priced items, such as Joan's collection of Bohemian-chic casual wear. Also, housewares, furniture, and for the timeless romantics, love letters written to the actress by a young Warren Beatty. Learn more: JuliensAuctions.com
Iconic fashion designer Sue Wong presented her Spring 2016 line, “Alchemy & Masquerade” last month before a packed-to-the rafters crowd of fashion elite, press, celebrities and even a few royals—as she opened LA Fashion Week, under the Art Hearts Fashion umbrella. This highly anticipated show took place at the Taglyan complex in Hollywood, in an ornate and heavily chandeliered ballroom.
With a twinkle in his eyes, Prince Waldemar of Schaumburg-Lippe and his wife, Princess Antonia (the honoree of a lavish birthday party thrown by the designer the month before) presented Sue Wong with a special award. The Prince remarked that he knows Queens all over Europe by virtue of being related to them, however, Sue Wong is a true “fashion Queen.” We couldn’t agree more.
The son of the Prince and Princess, Mario-Max Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe, opened the show with a prelude dance, conjuring up images of an ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ masquerade scenario, except where Count Dracula meets the Phantom of the Opera. Midway through the runway dance, Mario-Max unmasked himself, as all of our masks eventually fall to the floor, and soon it was time for Sue’s emissaries of beauty to make their way down the runway.
‘Alchemy & Masquerade’, with nearly 80 looks, was a bewitching journey into the monumental healing powers of beauty. This concept of healing through beauty, long advocated by the designer, something I think we all intuitively know, has actually recently been proven by researchers from California University in Berkley.
“Psychologist Dr. Dacher Keltner, of California University in Berkeley, said: "That awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines suggests the things we do to experience these emotions - a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art - has a direct influence upon health and life expectancy." Sue Wong’s fashion shows are absolutely a master class in art appreciation.
Although there were plenty of classic Sue Wong touches, such as cocktail dresses featuring extravagantly beaded tops and chiffon skirts, festooned with feathers, bows and other design elements, this collection presented some of the designer’s most daring work we have ever seen.
One particular ensemble drew audible gasps from the crowd… a show-stopping futuristic diva, with a different kind of mask, like for a painter or welder, with enormous red headgear spikes, barely-there coverage of her modesty, and a flouncy skirt.
As in past shows, the sky-high headdresses by Marika Soderlund-Robison and Kicka Custom Design added aesthetics and drama to the show. We particularly liked the gilded porcupine headdress and matching shoulder pads. Further enchanting the process of presentation was the statement jewelry by the talented designer Joe Polthakorn of Vilaiwan Fine Jewelry.
The final vignette was fittingly called “Transformation” and featured all-white gowns. The intensely charismatic opera singer Michael Peer sang “Ave Maria” and then “Phantom of the Opera”, to close out the show.
Lastly, we were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Sue’s beloved mother, Sharon Wong. Sharon was a familiar figure to many of us who have been covering Sue’s fashion shows over the years. She had deep, soulful eyes, and a warm, caring smile. We send peace and comfort to Sue and her family during this sorrowful time.
Image by John Forrester.
Story by John Forrester. Fashion photos by: JEFF LINETT