No magic wands were in sight at Voyeur in West Hollywood — but there was plenty of singular enchantment in the air.
One of my favorite singulars, fashion designer Sue Wong, presented her “Lady or Vamp” spring 2012 collection at West Hollywood’s Voyeur on Thursday, October 13, 2011.
Wong, a bit of a sorcerer meets fairy empress, creates magic with her glamorous cocktail dresses and evening gowns. She may even have conjured up what was one of the hottest days of the year — giving her spring collection the appropriately warm weather backdrop despite it being a mid-October night.
I was lucky enough to be wearing one of her new designs: an ivory cocktail dress ensconced with delicate beading and golden sparkles, and I carried a white faux fur stole that made me feel like as if I were channeling a blonde bombshell from the silver screen. How is it that wearing a dress transformed me from my usual glasses-wearing worker bee editor into a bona fide Hollywood glamour girl? The experience convinced me that Sue Wong really does have magical powers to change the normal and mundane into the extraordinary and exotic.
Among the 400 plus people in attendance were fashion editors, stylists and celebrities, including members of the casts of The Vampire Diaries, Twilight and The Hunger Games. Also enjoying the party was TV host Leeza Gibbons, wearing a platinum-colored Wong cocktail dress. Gibbons said that Wong represents every woman’s capacity to unleash her most sensual self. I couldn’t agree more.
As models wearing Wong’s spring fashions floated through the room, guests enjoyed chocolate-covered strawberries, croissant sandwiches, passed hors d’ oeuvres, cocktails and champagne. As the night progressed, acrobatic dancers in fetish-flavored costumes climbed like elegant she-spiders from a ceiling-suspended net or posed on ledges above the tables.
“Every woman is both madonna and temptress,” said Wong, explaining that the “Lady or Vamp” theme for her line came from her fascination with the dualities of good and evil, naughty and nice, light and dark. The elegant, beautiful lady versus the sultry, seductive vamp carried over to the theme of the party following the showing, where guests came dressed as their favorite angel or diable.
The only sad part of the evening was knowing I had to return my lovely dress to the Sue Wong atelier, where it will be stored in the designer’s archives, part of a vast collection of hundreds of pieces she has created over the course of her career. One thing’s for sure: I’ll be the first to run to Bloomindales’s next spring to get one I can call my very own. After all, what lady doesn’t want to occasionally be a vamp?
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