When one hears “Kati Stern and Venexiana,” one automatically thinks of pure glamorous and luxury. This designer’s eveningwear never disappoints. This season, the show opened with a completely darkened arena, with flashes of blue light, and a deafeningly loud soundtrack. When the lights came on, the glamorous gowns never stopped walking down the runway, begining with the model Malin wearing an oatmeal-colored sleeveless dress fitted with Swarovski details, and ending with the model, Alexandra, wearing an antique gold Payette with gold embroidered top.
. The 62 looks were all very Hollywood 1940’s. Many of the slinky, glittering and shimmery gowns could have been right out of the closets of glamorous stars such as as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Trimmed with fabric rosettes, in shimmery satin chameuse, or dripping with Swarovski crystals, sequins and furs, these clothes belong on the red carpet. The designs were sexy but modest in comparison with other seasons, with the glam factor created more by luxurious fabrics in bright red, gold and other standouts, and wutg glittered threads or crystal embellishments, or fabric “rosettes” or all of these. The surprise of a halter top or a bare back was hardly shocking, but very, very pleasing.
Nails were by Kiss Products, Shoes were Carlos by Carlos Santana, and the Jewelry was from the Day Collection compliments of World Gold Council evening collection by Henry Dunay.
The glamorous updos were created by Sahg Workshop. The stunning, “pinup girl” style featured sleek back and sides, and a profusion of corkscrew curls creating a jaunty, bouncy topnot that reminded me of Betty Grable. The red lips were courtesy of Lori and Desiree Lafore for Lori Hamlin, Inc.
At the end of the show, Kati Stern not only came out to receive a standing ovation, but walked the entire length of the runway, smiling and shaking hands of her special guests. All in all, a movie star moment!
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