Did Orange by Angela Chen live up to the hype?
The Orange by Angela Chen show could not have been more hyped. The twitter trail discussed media appearances aplenty and PR buzzmakers ensured that we would catch a glimpse (if only for a second) of a mysteriously unnamed Italian Vogue editor. I did not see Franca Sozzani, but then again, I can be so gullible sometimes. Never again will I believe the hype.
A 23 look collection walked the runway - a series of black and white organza tops to match with an assortment of wool bottoms. As good as the construction was, the show lacked energy. Sorry Chen, you harshed your buzz.
An oversized hand knit cape looked like it took a lot of time to finish - sadly, I found the colour to be too muted, creating the appearance of 'vintage,' a term I use with the lightest touch. It could have easily been a dusty cape found in your grandma's tickle trunk. Miss.
White silk organza tops looked smokin' hot - simply paired with a black wool pant, it easily translates to a daytime office look. I would recommend layering though, because tits out at work is almost never a good idea.
I wish there was more to report, but the looks became rather repetitive - I can only say so much about organza.
However, the show did supply some unscripted theatre. I noticed a model in a black hand knit finale dress that was having trouble walking. I assumed the shoes were too big, but a wardrobe malfunction exposed the real problem: weight. Shoulders would not stay up without double-stick tape (a lot of it), making my hand written check mark a big ol' X.
As for Angela Chen? She is a rock star already, dressing trendsetting clientele Chloe Sevigny and Kirsten Dunst. Maybe next time a "minimalist contrast collection" can mean more than sending repeats down the runway. She'll be back.