The Great Gatsby era comes alive at the restored 1920s Hollywood mansion home of Sue Wong as she reveals her fall line to celebrities, media and invited guests.
On April 19, 2013 at The Cedars in Los Feliz, California, celebrities, socialites, fashionistas and media all gathered for the unveiling of singular Sue Wong’s Fall 2013 Great Gatsby Collection and to celebrate her birthday two days early.
Several celebrities were attendance including Kelsey Grammar (Frasier, Boss) and his wife, Kayte Walsh; James Keach (Walk the Line, Waiting for Forever), Erin Cahill (ABC’s Red Widow), Alex Lombard (Inception), Blanca Blanco (Showgirls 2, Awakened) and Prince Frederic Von Anhalt, husband of Zsa Zsa Gabor.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was the inspiration for Sue Wong’s fall 2013 gowns that capture the 1920s era impeccably with feathers, fringe, art deco patterns and sparkly beading in shapely silhouettes. Models showcased the gowns as they mingled among the guests and occasionally posed on platforms placed along the edges of The Cedars grand living room. The dresses were accessorized with jewelry from Vilaiwan and they carried handbags by Mary Frances to complete the Gatsby-influenced fashions.
In the garden area, a long table filled with hot and cold nibbles allowed guests to self-serve as they took in the informal fashion show. An adjacent table displayed an endless array of scrumptious cakes and tortes from Portos in Glendale — flavors hand-selected by Sue Wong. In the corner of the garden, a tiki bar provided by Hulu Girl served a variety of specialty cocktails, while young flapper girls dispersed HINT water to those who preferred alcohol-free beverages. In addition, passed hors d’oeuvres made their way through the elegant rooms and into the mouths of appreciative guests.
Sue Wong made a grand entrance in her own design, a stunning black gown with a train, accented by a red chunky necklace draped over her décolleté in layers of garnet-like gemstones. She was accompanied by her close friend, Romio Shrestha, a modern master of the Indo-Nepali-Tibetan Buddhist tradition of enlightenment art, wearing a saffron sash over a white robe, black Spanish cowboy hat and numerous beaded necklaces.
Sue Wong addressed the media while posing for scores of photographers with several of her models wearing various white beaded gowns from the collection. Post press conference, Ms. Wong greeted many of her guests as she moved across the grand living room graciously accepting the countless birthday wishes from exuberant admirers and friends.
The entertainment portion of the evening kicked off with a meditation chant from Master Romio followed by pop-opera vocalist Michael Peer who sang the Toreador aria from the opera Carmen composed by Bizet, as well as a special Happy Birthday song for Ms. Wong. In the library, Wendy Rea, a jazz singer wearing a Sue Wong original performed jazz favorites like “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” “My Mother’s Son-in-Law,” “Honeysuckle Rose” and “Gone with the Wind” bringing the 1920s spirit to life. John Reynolds accompanied her on guitar.
Sue Wong says that her new line brings to life the spirit of The Great Gatsby. “The book remains a classic because we can all still relate to many of its themes,” she says. “What I offer is a way of bringing into a woman’s everyday life a jolt of glamour and romance. Several passages in the book inspired me to translate a generation’s jubilation into wearable pieces for today’s modern women.”
At the peak of the party, 500 guests filled the rooms of The Cedars with verve and gossip, ready to be spellbound by a sneak preview of Sue Wong’s Fall 2013 creations. Close to midnight, as the media slowly slipped away, the festivities shifted to dancing with popular dance tunes filling the air. Many guests dressed in 1920s garb continued to celebrate the fashion icon and her newest collection into the late hours inside her 1920s mansion, restored by Sue Wong herself, to its former Hollywood glory.
Copyright © Nadia Dulyn / 2013 Singular Communications, LLC.