Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear
February 11, 2011 New York
Based in Zurich, Indonesian-born designer Farah Angsana is best known in Europe. If showing at New York fashion week is a play to expand her client base, she should think seriously about diversifying her offerings. And, presumably, a bit more breadth and depth wouldn't hurt in keeping her European fans interested, either. In a collection that seemed more suited to clubbing than cocktail hour, most dresses were a variation on a theme. Red or black and invariably ruched—either below the bodice or at the hem—her frocks were short, close to the skin, and bedecked in chiffon ruffles, leather flowers, or very dense sequins. All that eye candy did little to distract from the pieces' simplistic construction. The addition of fur this season—fox and chinchilla chubbies and stoles—only served to highlight the too-glossy sheen of most dresses. If high-end glamour is Angsana's aim, she would be wise to start revising her staples first, instead of dressing them up with luxe accessories.