A trip to Brazil yielded inspiration and the usual results for Farah Angsana
's latest collection. The opening looks in black and white gave way to long chiffon gowns in sky blue, grass green, and sunset orange. Coral and turquoise beading had an unfussy, organic appeal. Given her romantic spirit and Latin inspiration, Angsana showed relative restraint this season. But while there was a smattering of applause for the finale gown, it wasn't entirely successful. With crystal embroidery on top and braided, frayed strips of multicolor ribbon swinging like tails from a sheer skirt below, it looked like a strangely colorful, sadly denuded ostrich. Better to stick to one of the short beaded caftans—breezy, bright, and much less likely to get stuck in the door of a cab.