Style Fashion Week could not have picked a more iconic powerhouse than Sue Wong to open their 9th season of L.A. Fashion Week shows. The anticipation was palpable in the Main Tent, located at The Reef in the downtown garment district, as fashion industry heavy weights pined, and pined for Ms. Wong’s show to commence.
But first, Sue Wong was presented the Tiffany Lifetime Achievement Award, for her prolific body of work and immense contributions to fashion, by none other than rock star Dave Navarro. One rock star fêting another. Also onstage for the ceremony was Style Fashion Week founder Veronica Kerzner, and handsome actor Vincent de Paul.
Sue Wong’s Spring 2015 collection, known as “Fairies and Sirens,” explored the dual nature of women, the yin and the yang, the light and the dark, the good and the evil embodied and inherent in every member of the fairer sex. Fairies and Sirens, of all genders, are archetypes that abound aplenty in ancient mythology, Hollywood society, and in Hollywood imagery projected around the world. Fairies are innocent, dreamy, enchanted and ethereal, “light” whereas Sirens are vampish, seductive and naughty femmes fatales. ”dark”-- Yet fairies can be nymphs, nymphomaniacs even, and Sirens, though intoxicating in their glamour and lust, are actually fallen fairies, according to the designer. “Every woman is both fairy and siren,” says Sue Wong.
Finally the crowd settled, the music roared, the spotlight flashed, and “Fairies and Sirens”, Sue’s spring 2015 collection was unleashed. The crowd was mesmerized as the Goddess models, living breathing statuary, homages to the divine feminine, floated across the runway in their extravagant finery, fitted and accessorized to the nines. It was a visual feast for the eyes, a fairy tale coming to life.
Lavish attention was paid to every single detail of these gowns, including classic Sue Wong touches of hand-beadwork, flowing floral embroidery, seutache vines paired with shimmering lace-illusion yoke, cut-out lace petals, deconstructed ribbon, ruffles, flowing chiffons and filigree laces in dazzling beige, black, rose, platinum, sapphire, magenta, sandalwood statuesque, draped floor-length gowns and solid bejeweled skirts.
Ms. Wong is an absolute perfectionist, and it seems that no detail was too small to escape her watchful eye. The collection harkened back to a more golden age in Hollywood, when every inch of an actress’s wardrobe was carefully considered, a sharp contrast to the slob culture of today. Speaking of details, the elaborate headdresses by Miss G. Designs, Lisa Marinucci design, Marika Soderlund-Robinson, and Fiori Couture powerfully enhanced the presentation, as did the iconic sculptural jewelry by Vilaiwan.
“Fairies & Sirens” the Spring 2015 collection by Sue Wong, was an unqualified success. After the visual theatrics of her show ended, Sue Wong, looking fetching in an emerald green ruffled blouse, tiara and black Sue Wong skirt, walked the runway with Dave Navarro, to rapturous applause. She was presented a beautiful and well deserved bouquet of flowers by her son, Joshua Homann, who also runs her company. It was a sweet moment.
Images by Anthony Diep, words by John Forrester