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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Venexiana Fall 2014

For her Fall 2014 Venexiana show, Kati Stern treated guests to a veritable feast for the eyes. The impressive 68-piece collection was a showcase of glamorous stunning gowns. There was literally a dress for every red-carpet occasion one could ever need. The atmosphere inside the pavilion was enhanced when an unexpected mix of punk music played as models paraded down the catwalk in one-of-a-kind gowns.

Extravagant gowns were draped in lavish fabrics like silk charmeuse, crepe de chine, silk chiffon, velvet, and taffeta. In a variety of colors that included light lavender, lilac, seafoam, gold, blush, and black, dresses were adorned with crystal accents on necklines, shoulder straps, and belts. Gowns in vintage prints, with lace overlays were embellished with sequins and beading, and paired with fur vests and jackets, to reflect the glamour and style of the 1930's.

The most popular styles in the collection included halter, one-shoulder, strapless, backless, and V-back styles. You may think it would be difficult to wear one of these dresses, but Kati Stern creates an infrastructure for every gown to support the wearer and protect the integrity of the delicate fabrics.

Hollywood starlets’ of the 1930's inspired the make-up and hair. The Alcone makeup team captured the drama of that era with a smoky eye, heavy lashes, light eyebrows, and burgundy lips. Philip Pelusi and his team from Tela Beauty Organics, created beautiful faux braided pieces that were fastened on top of the models head, like crowns. The effect resembled a halo around the head. That looked like a cross between Rapunzel and Princess Leia.

 Now, if only I had a gala or red-carpet event to attend!    
- Photos and article by Elaine Fioravanti, Best Dressed Ginger

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