January 31, 2008
"Douglas always has something for everyone," said socialite CeCe Cord before Hannant's show in the velvet-curtained environs of the Hudson Theatre. Cord was joined by Becca Cason Thrash, Jamee Gregory, Debbie Bancroft, and other loyalists who braved sideways rain to attend. Chances are, they each found something to make the trip worthwhile in this point-counterpoint collection. Hannant punctuated lean, body-skimming dresses for both day and evening with doses of volume in Poiret-esque cocoon coats and poet sleeves. His exploration of tactile fabricsnubby bouclés, feathers, glazed lacewas tempered by unembellished charmeuses and plain wools. And amid the ultra-feminine parade was a natty three-piece suit in a Prince of Wales woolalbeit a wool shot with silver thread. This designer knows his lady likes to sparkleeven when channeling Annie Hall.