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M.I.S.S. NYFW: Farah Angsana RTW Spring 2011


Ethno Glam: A Journey Home

Ethno Glam: A Journey Home

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.

L: Ikat mini dress, R: Corset and capri pants

L: Ikat mini dress, R: Corset and capri pants

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.
M.I.S.S. NYFW: Farah Angsana RTW Spring 2011

M.I.S.S. NYFW: Farah Angsana RTW Spring 2011

The items best embodying the “Ethno Glam” theme of the evening appeared near the conclusion of the show, in the form of brightly accented forest-green silk cocktail dresses.
M.I.S.S. NYFW: Farah Angsana RTW Spring 2011

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.

M.I.S.S. NYFW: Farah Angsana RTW Spring 2011

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.
M.I.S.S. NYFW: Farah Angsana RTW Spring 2011

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.

Mother-of-the-Bride?

Mother-of-the-Bride?

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center

Alex and Simon of The Real Housewives of NJ, front row

Alex and Simon of The Real Housewives of NJ, front row

L: Farah Angsana, R: Alex and Simon of RHONY

L: Farah Angsana, R: Alex and Simon of RHONY

Alex McCord with fan in Lincoln Center

Alex McCord with fan in Lincoln Center

Image Layout by: Michelle Peredo
Runway Photos: Frazer Harrison

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3 Responses to “M.I.S.S. NYFW: Farah Angsana RTW Spring 2011”

  1. Barbara says:

    Loved the review! The “Mother of the Bride” dress will work for an upscale mother of the bride. Hope it comes in the average mother sizes, 14 to 18…

  2. Lady Bouvier says:

    The collection presented an array of shiny, drapey silks in golds and silvers, the likes of which you’d expect on Debra Messing landing at the Globes, lots of fabulously embellished nude Capri-corset suits that would be more at home on a Gwen Stefani or a Scarletty-Scar; some pastelly daytime cocktail numbers for Barbara Bush Jr. and her Jenna twin.

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2010/09/farah-angsana-springsummer-2011-collection/2/

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