February 04, 2008 New York
The environment for Suwannagate's debut was orchestrated with great care. In addition to commissioning a hand-painted backdrop, she worked with a musician to compose a soundtrack of birdcalls to reinforce the hummingbird theme, which was also reflected in the palette and embroidery. As part of her push to expand her range, she is now making her own, more production-friendly knits, like a lovely cardigan with an attached scarf. The silhouette was attenuated, pieced skirts reached the ground. Dresses were often color-blocked and embellished, sometimes preciously so. While Suwannagate's work is very artsy-craftsy, and therefore a challenge for some, many insiders have already been won over. "Just sooo beautiful," the front-row girls sighed.