Runway Images courtesy of Douglas Hannant
Text & Images of front row, Vivian G. Kelly
WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Plaza Hotel’s Edwardian Room, One West 58th Street
Mr. Hannant opened with a soundtrack of Audrey Hepburn speaking to Gregory Peck from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which immediately set the tone for this elegantly luxurious collection.
Unlike many other New York designers, Douglas didn’t eschew color and started off with some pistachio and raspberry pieces in double face knit that will definitely keep “his girls” cozy when they’re navigating chilly Madison Avenue in the dead of winter 2009. Speaking of “the girls”, as usual, they came out in full force to support one of their favorites. Amongst the editors and retailers sat socials Jamie Gregory, Tinsley Mortimer, Jennifer Creel, and Melanie Seymour to name just a few. They continue to support him season after season because Douglas knows his customer and her busy schedule very well – a quality that seems to unfortunately be lacking in some less seasoned designers. Consequently, while some of Hannant’s collections are stronger than others, there are always pieces in each collection that will fulfill his customers’ needs, whether for work, charity meetings or for the numerous swank soirees on their calendars.
This time, there were neutrals and black as well, ranging from a black cocktail dress with some sheer paneling and marabou feather details to a Josephine Baker number fashioned out of peacock feathers. This daring number screams, “editorial!” and we wouldn’t be surprised to see a young starlet or two wearing it on the red carpet. For evening, the palette stayed in muted jewel tones: deep amethyst, smoky quartz, dark sapphire blue, and absinthe green.
BEST: The Absinthe crepe satin bias cut gown and the peacock fringe dress.
For more on the Collection, please visit www.douglashannant.com