Farah Angsana’s “Indonesia” theme presented in her RTW Spring 2011 line afforded the designer a lot of room for variation from piece to piece. The colors on the runway included light blues, bright greens, soft pinks, golds, as well as solid whites and blacks. Such a diverse palette was used, according to the press release, because “The spirit, warmth, and life of Indonesia and its people are united in brilliant sweeps of color.” Coined “Ethno Glam: A Journey Home”, the collection was meant to be a homage to the designer’s homeland. Although Angsana incorporated breathtaking detail in her pieces, and had a handful of stellar looks – the collection as a unit seemed a bit disjointed, and Angsana still seems to be struggling with issues of cohesion within her line.
Included among the best designs from Angsana were a black and white cotton ikat print strapless mini dress, a light blue silk pleated cap sleeve dress with metal chain embroidery, A corset pantsuit with Swarovski crystal rocks, metal chain embroidery, and pearl/sequin embroidery; and a black ruffled gown with delicate chain embroidery hanging from the shoulders.
Some of these dresses were paired with elaborate gold headpieces, and others with intricate gold beading. The green draped silk chiffon long-sleeved Kebaya mini-dress was definitely the most amazing dress of the collection, and served as the perfect closer for the runway show.
One of the major factors affecting the level of sophistication of Angsana’s gowns was that many of them were strapless. In addition, many of those strapless numbers had sky-high hemlines – these silhouettes are not as interesting or fashion-forward as one would expect during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Other questionable items included the tribal patterned blouse, and the extra-long blue silk gown with the crystal-embroidered capelet. Although this shiny gown was a crowd favorite, it seemed oddly reminiscent of a Mother of the Bride dress one might find in a bridal shop.
Image Layout by: Michelle Peredo
Runway Photos: Frazer Harrison
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