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M.I.S.S. NYFW: Lorena Sarbu F/W 2012


Lorena Sarbu reinvented the wheel with her Fall/Winter 2012 presentation in the Box at Lincoln Center during Fashion Week – but she sure produced some beautiful, sparkly wheels.

The collection was strictly eveningwear, and would be great for stylists looking for something exceptionally well made for a client attending an upscale event. The models were incredibly beautiful, with stained pouty lips and coffee ice cream-colored nails. The gowns fit the ladies nicely, and the colors of the gowns were matched well with each model’s skin tone.

May I issue a caveat with evening attire? Do not pair one shoulder dresses, cobalt blue, and beadwork together in one creation. Too often I see these embellishments together, and the end result usually looks like pageant wear or a costume in the figure skating competition portion of the Olympics. Just don’t do it, Ms. Sarbu.

Favorites included the nude tulle cocktail pieces, the black gold beaded fishnet lace long-sleeved gown with silk chiffon skirt, and the silver French lace geometric signature long-sleeved tunic dress.

The only questionable choices in the collection were the cobalt blue dresses. Also, strapless dresses don’t impress me anymore – and by the way, readers, they don’t impress your bridesmaids either, so stop choosing these dresses for your girlfriends.

Sarbu’s effort was admirable for her first try, and maybe even more impressive than the gowns presented by Farah Angsana in previous seasons. Even so, it is always important to remember that it’s a thin line between pageant and award show.


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