Friday, October 19, 2007

Fashion Collection girl 09

The show was all about dressy dresses, done mostly in form-fitting shimmering satin and silk. The first look set the tone, a brilliant emerald-green cocktail dress with an off-the-shoulder cowl neckline, sleek and feminine and perfect for that upcoming holiday party. A series of short dresses followed, in brilliant orange (she calls it "lipstick"), canary yellow, hot pink; the best of the group was a two-toned orchid and purple corset dress, with light orchid ribbons of contrasting setting off the model's bosom beautifully. Other fun short looks in the collection included a modern-print slip-like corset dress and another bright emerald look done with a blouson top and tight miniskirt.

But most of the Dina Bar-El collection focused on gowns. Most featured slim lines through the hip, widening out to a flowing bottom, with varied tops. Some, like a stunning bra-top gown with rhinestones set into the straps, used ombre (that one was "sunset," varying tones of orange, red, and yellow) satin to excellent effect; others, had a Grecian effect, with plunging necklines and ribbon banding, including Bar-El's single wedding gown that closed the show.

The only slight stumbles in an otherwise extremely elegant and wearable show were the dresses (both long and short) that featured ruching across the midriff. Those were so unforgiving that even the super-skinny models looked like they had poochy stomachs, obviously not a look that any self-respecting non-pregnant female wants to present to the world.