Wallis Simpson is having a huge revival these days. Madonna made a movie about the controversial Duchess of Windsor and she was the muse for Douglas Hannant's collection for Fall 2012.
The designer dressed up the NY Performing Arts Library to look like the English countryside in autumn. The clothing was a mix of proper ladies suits, equestrian references with some sexy evening wear. Checks and houndstooth were a dominant pattern. Black, cream, purple and pumpkin were the popular colors of Hannant's palette.
Douglas Hannant has always catered to the socialite class of New York City. This was reflected in the guests who attended the show. The runway staging was definitely for their benefit, as the lighting certainly wasn't in the photographer's favor!