Photos by Christina Pal
I always anticipate an Andy The-Ahn show – blaring music, skyhigh models and curvaceous clothing. So waiting for the spectacle, I wondered where on earth The-Ahn would put flounces and ruffles this time around.
Pleasantly surprising, draped, layered (form-fitting) dresses, lean jersey jumpers and leggings – all tied at the ankles – were executed in calm, gorgeous monotones. The dramatics were reserved for hyper-pleats on chiffon dresses and skirts; glass beaded straps on Versace-esque runway gowns; and laminated coats accessorized with spectacular silver shining brooches and necklaces. RS
What would heavy metal music sound like if it was arranged for classical instruments? A lot like how this collection looks – edgy and innovative, but harmonized with classic grace. Trying to follow The-Ahn’s lines of pleats and folds is like getting lost in an Escher print – its mesmerizing! Fifties-style crystal brooches hug hips and bottoms, and chiffon is accordion pleated into starburst florals. When asked why the models looked so gloomy, they responded the clothes are so beautiful they were almost in tears! Andy The Ahn’s sensual collection ends with a standing ovation as fashionphiles leap to their feet to applaud the humble designer (most of the fashion editors stay seated, as usual). LZ
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