If there is one must attend event during Los Angeles Fashion Week- that would be the scintillating on the senses extravaganza by the iconic Hollywood fashion designer Sue Wong. Ms. Wong’s ‘Mythos & Goddesses’ Fall 2015 collection opened LA Fashion Week last month, as part of the ‘Art Hearts Fashion’ event.
British operatic singer Summer Watson set the mood with her gravitas, haunting expressions and voice to match. Then it was time for the Goddess march, the Goddesses of healing and beauty.
“’MYTHOS & GODDESSES’ is an odyssey of personifying archetypal embodiment- Pele: Goddess of Fire; White Tiara (The Eastern derivative of Aphrodite: Love, Beauty and Compassion); Athena: Goddess of Wisdom; Artemis: Warrior Goddess of the Hunt; Gaia: Goddesses of the Earth.”
As the Goddesses made their way into our consciousness, in the above themes~ collective mythology was indeed invoked. The sacred dreams, or collective myths, became real. It was more than just fashion. It was more than just beauty. It was mental. It was spiritual. It was physical. It was from a dream world. It was a healing experience.
It felt like walking through an enchanted forest, surrounded by all the beautiful creatures. Healing is possible through this connection to the divine. Beauty is one way to get there.
This healing through beauty experience was made whole through exquisite Sue Wong dresses- head adornments, accessories- music- lights- make up-and lets not forget the models.
We offer a special acknowledgment to longtime Sue Wong model Brandise Danesewich. Brandise is more than just a mere model, she is a theatrical performer. She was deeply in character for each Goddess turn on the cat walk- and was obviously feeling it intensely. This was most unusual and appreciated from our vantage point.
“It’s not just a gown or mere fashion. I create an experiential transformation, awakening the inner goddess within every woman who wears a SUE WONG,” says the designer, “I mythologize my gowns through these Goddess archetypes.”
I ran into Sue Wong outside in the bucolic courtyard of the Taglyan Complex. She looked happy and relieved. I held her hand as she walked down some steps. This is a woman of enormous accomplishment, at the zenith of her career, who really has nothing left to prove. Yet season after season, she puts forth ever more wondrous collections.
Presently, Sue Wong is in the Washington DC. area, where she was recently presented a ‘Designer of the Year ‘award by Marymount University. Wouldn’t it be great if she was also in DC secretly fitting First Lady Michelle Obama with a tailored Sue Wong goddess look to wear at some public event in the future?
May the healing and beauty continue!
Story by John Forrester. Images by Anthony Diep