Ladies, hold on to your hats: You're in for a wild ride with Farah Angsana's latest Fall collection. Backstage before the show, the jet-setting designer explained that she makes clothes for women like herself and the particular circle of young-money socialites she flies with—"someone who loves to travel to places like Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mumbai, and Dubai," as she put it. The first model out set the show's over-the-top tone: a heavily bejeweled strapless gown with a stiff gazar cutaway skirt meant to evoke a blossoming flower.
There were a few cocktail numbers that succeeded in their relative restraint—an ivory wool crepe dress with structured cap sleeves, notched V-neck, and a hint of a peplum, for example. But more often than not, more is more for Angsana's customer, who isn't afraid to appear more expensive than everyone else in the room (and with these statement makers ringing in at around 3,000 euros a pop, she might be). The pièce de résistance was her finale: a completely sheer, strapless tulle column embellished with a few strategically placed shimmering peacock feathers that the designer likened to a dragon's scales. Showing everything down to the model's nude Calvin Klein thong, it elicited quite a few oohs, aahs, and gasps. If it leaves you wondering who actually goes for this glitz, it's worth noting that Angsana reports that business is up. Modesty could be overrated.
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