Monday, April 6, 2009

Fast & Fierce Femme Fatales

Molly Sims and fashion designer, Kevan Hall
By Laura Medina
To reparaphrase female impersonator, RuPaul, "The era of the bimbo is over."

This statement came just in time for the sleeker, faster, and stronger Fall 2009 Collection by Kevan Hall.

This is a 180 degrees spin from his red carpet-ready gowns and historically-based, demure dresses and separates.

The Fall 2009 show is evenly split between the accessible yet chic ready-to-wear separates for Kevan Hall for Paul Stanley Collection to be sold in Lord and Taylor and Nordstorm, and his own Signature Line.

The fashion show was the highlight of The Colleagues' Twenty-First Annual Spring Luncheon at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

A galaxy of stars arrive.

Not only did they show their support for the charity for neglected children and mothers of Los Angeles, they also came to cheer on their favorite designers, Mr. Hall.

Molly Sims modeled a creation especially made for her by Mr. Hall, an off-the-shoulder gown in cranberry, aptly dotted by handsewn freeze-dried cranberries by Mr. Hall and his staff.

Fitting, since Mr. Hall brought in Dial Soap as the benefit luncheon's sponsor. The brand uses this moment to debut their new Cranberry Body Wash.

Very ecological yet very glamourous.

Mr. Hall and actress, Virginia Madsen

A galaxy of stars attended the luncheon, such as Lisa Rinna, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, and Angie Harmon.

Another of Mr. Hall's faithful client, Virginia Madsen, showed up just for him. She is a big fan of his, since she wore one of his gowns to the Oscars as a nominee for the movie, "Sideways."

Joan Collins

Another star made a last minute appearance for The Colleagues' Charity Luncheon-Joan Collins.

The luncheon in the lavish Beverly Wilshire's Ballroom commenced when an orchestra strung timeless Hollywood song tunes and soundtracks on pitch-fork dual runways.

Beverly Hills socialites and doyennes settled into a three-course lunch graciously catered by chef, Wolfgang Puck.

The unique pitch-fork runway was thoughtfully conceived so the guests, who were spread out all over the grand ballroom, can have a good look at the collection.

Even though dessert is always part of a three-course meal, the real treat was Mr. Hall's debut of his sleek and quick collection.

Once the guests finished their entree, the real dessert was Mr. Hall's catsuit

"The Avengers" Emma Peel-inspired Catsuit

This Emma Peel-inspired outfit set the tone of the show. Playing homage to the Sixities Female Empowerment of "The Avengers'" secret agents and the sexy but whip-smart and sexy James Bond Women.

Mr. Hall signaled the change from the Paris Hilton-induced bimboism to the sensually efficient, no-nonsense heroines of early Sixities Feminism.

"Ultimatum" Coat

The dual-ended catwalk platform did more than just serve a practical purpose of displaying the line to opposite sides of the ballroom.

The middle platform reinforces the concept of Cold War Spies, criss-crossing and switching, exchanging briefcases and passing documents midway.

Mod Red Coat

The duplicity of the runway shows the sexy duplicity of espisonage sensuality and sophisication.

Mr. Hall, during the pre-order reception, cited "The Avengers'" Emma Peel/Diana Riggs as the muse of his Fall Collection. But, he also used the subliminally influential blonde femme fatale, Honor Blackman.

These women both starred as secret agents in "The Avengers" and as Bond Girls.

Ms. Blackman as "The Avengers'" Judo-expert/agent, Catherine Gale and in James Bond's "Goldfinger" as the infamous pilot/cat burglar, Pussy Galore.

As for Mr. Hall's prim and proper coats and suits, Ms. Diana Riggs was also an influence as Countess Tracy di Vicenzo in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."

Tweed Coat

Another James Bond woman made an appearance in Mr. Hall's show, Miss Moneypenny, the secretary to Mr. Bond's supervisor, in ladylike tweeds and sheath dresses.

The ode to Anglomanic showed as in a riding outfit with crop.

Blouse with Full Matelasse Skirt

The show proceed from Sixities spies to the original femme fatale, Mata Hari, in black chiffon gowns with black lace insets with beige lining.

Mr. Hall's core fan base was not forgotten in this simple chic ensemble of blouse with a matelasse skirt.

If you want to a more intimate viewing of this collection, a few of "The Housewives of Atlanta"will trek out to Los Angeles to personal view the collection in Mr. Hall's very own atelier, this week.

The episode will aired during the Fall Season of "The Housewives of Atlanta" on Bravo.

Keep your eyes out for it!

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