Last night Corey, C. Jay Cox and I were invited to Randolph Duke's 2008 Spring Couture Collection fashion show on the opening of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week @ Smashbox Studios. It was amazing. As soon as we got there we were lead thru a maze of corridors and ushered in to the VIP room where right away we saw Kelly Carlson of Nip/Tuck (premiering on Oct. 30th).
We then met Kelley West and Jeanette Chivvis of Sugar on La Brea (whose store we'll be shooting later today with Jesse Brune). I love them already. But I digress.
So the collection. It was flawless. I have to say, I actually gasped out loud at the beauty of about 5 of the gowns. There was one, oh my god, a silver- silk and satin- crystal and metal trimmed dress that was off one shoulder that I'm sure will be worn by Charlize Theron very soon. It was stunning. This collection was completely "of the earth". There were many fern and palm fronds in silhouette. The tones were of dark blue midnight, stone, bronze, quartz, even lime green and changable silks that were reminiscent of hibiscus and hot house flowers of the tropics. There was also alot of fan pleating that resembled palm fronds.
We also saw layers of chiffon over matalic tones that had a desert feel. I felt this collection was airy and whimsical yet retaining class and maturity. At the after party back at his absolutely rediculous home (with stacked slate fireplaces in every room, pebbletech inside and out, and retractable glass walls which reveal the entire house to the elements at the push of a button!) he told us that he put this entire colection together in 4 WEEKS and had only 2 seamstresses working on it. It is amazing. How he pulled 73 peices so quickly that were all so unique and varried- I have no idea.
PS- Even the music was totally kick ass. Bravo Randolph!