Sue Wong “Alchemy and Masquerade” Spring / Summer 2016 Collection –
LA Fashion Week | LA Fashion Judge
Article By: Marina BerBeryan
LA Fashion Week kicked off on Monday, October 5th, as the rain invaded Hollywood, CA, after days of sizzling heat. A semi-annual event, Art Hearts Fashion featuring Spring/Summer 2016 Collections from fashion designers including Sue Wong, Betsey Johnson, Nicolle Miller, Isabella Couture, Mister Triple X, Amato Haute Couture by Furne One amongst other designers. Official shows was produced by founder of Art Hearts Fashion and Mister Triple X designer Erik Rosete in collaboration with Sarah and Erin Whitaker from ParkerWhitaker Productions taking place at the same location as the previous season, the Taglyan Complex banquet hall.
The crowd at the Art Hearts Fashion seemed endless with guests of industry insiders, leading fashionistas, celebrities, editors, socialites and others who waited in long line to view the debut of Sue Wong’s “Alchemy & Masquerade” Spring / Summer 2016 Collection. The line commenced all the way from the valet’s parking lot following through the red carpet area and ending it’s way at the Taglyan Complex’s hallway to catch the opening show. However, judging by the applause throughout the show and wows of the audience, it was obvious to say most people thought it was worth the long-line-wait in the rain.
Many celebrities made extravagant red carpet appearance in Sue Wong gowns to show their continues support for Wong including myself. The LA Fashion Judge has been covering Sue Wong’s fashion shows for over 5 years now and one thing I know for a fact is that Sue Wong never ceases to amaze us with the runway drama, spectacular spectacle and her timeless collections.
The Alchemy & Masquerade Spring Summer 2016 Collection commenced with a presentation from actor Max Ryan known for his role in Sex & The City 2. Sue Wong was honored by a plaque and proclamation from the California State Assembly member Miguel Santiago.
Another honorable award was given to an iconic LA-based designer for displayed excellence for her compelling designs and congratulating her latest collection from His Royal Highness Prince Waldemar Schaumburg-Lippe (great-grandson of Denmark’s King Frederick VIII), his wife Princess Antonia Schaumburg-Lippe and their son Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe who were among 1,200 guests at the show. What a pleasant surprise to have the royalty attend LA Fashion week?!
“I have met many queens in Denmark and Europe,” his highness said to Wong, “because I am related to them, but you are a fashion queen.”
Waldemar’s son who is an actor and TV Presenter Prince Mario-Max Schaumberg – Lippe presented a dance performance “phantom of the Opera” by Harajuku wearing a mask and a cape to correlate with the Alchemy and Masquerade theme.
“Stay tuned and let Beauty ~ Magic ~ Transformation immortalize you with sultriness , seduction and sensuality that are synonymous with Sue Wong” ~ Sue Wong
Sue Wong “Alchemy and Masquerade” Spring / Summer 2016 Collection included a 79-look show adorned with her design mantra –Beauty, Magic, and Transformation. The line up of the collection was divided into 9 different categories including Alchemy, Etherea, Arcana, Chrysalis, Duality, Metamorphosis, Kaleidoscope, Faustus, and Transformation. The pieces were teamed up with Vilaiwan Fine Jewelry by Joe Polthakorn and paired with Rocky Gathercole, Atzi Designs, and Betty Long spectacularly flamboyant and show-stopping head pieces accessorized ensembles with Mary Frances Accessories handbags.
Sue Wong’s designs are undeniably romantic, alluring, timeless and nostalgic. Dramatic runway looks included long column gowns, glittery sheaths and embellished cocktail dresses with beaded collars, chiffon and lace fabric engineered with floral embroidery along with the designer’s signature embellished evening wear. It wasn’t until the end when the audience grasped their breaths and were mesmerized by the “Modern Day Xenomorph Queen” styled from the “Faustus” strolling down Sue Wong’s runway dressed in black organza ruffled skirt topped off with an alien-like space vest and accessorized with silver spiky helmet. Followed by another model dressed in a red abstract construction paired with red lace skirt and long train.
“I hope to this ultra-futuristic collection will be one of my most riveting and evocative ones to date.”
~ said Sue Wong
Some of the celebrity models walking the catwalk were Eugenia Kuzmina, former international model and now an actress known for her role in The Family Fang; actress Blanca Blanco, longtime Sue Wong Red Carpet Ambassador; and actress and model Katie Clearly known for participating in the America’s Next Top Model.
The magical evening concluded with a special live performance by accomplished Popera star Michael Peer who sang beautifully the “Phantom Of The Opera”.
The guests, press and celebrities enjoyed the art exhibits presented by talented Eugene Huffman, Sham Ibrahim, Molly Gruninger, Lisa Whitmore, Connie Kurtew, Sequoia Emmanuelle.
Supported by: FHI Heat, The Organic Face, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, ParkerWhitaker Productions, Make-Up director Erik Torppe and Mosaic Floral Design.