Thai Nguyen: Concept L.A. Fashion Week
Closing the weekend off was Thai Nguyen’s Spring/Summer 2012 runway show. The collection, inspired by Nguyen’s Vietnamese heritage, featured thirty airy dresses with neon accents, ruffles, beads, and sequins.
The Asian inspiration was evident throughout, manifesting itself in butterfly prints, kimono sleeves, and an embroidered fan motif. Small bamboo fans were even handed out to the audience prior to the show!
In one epitomizing word, the collection was “light”: with materials such as tulle, chiffon, and organza. The color palette was generally soft and ranged from pastels to nudes. Though there was ample variety among the dresses (a mix of unique necklines, back cutouts, and asymmetry made sure no two were too alike), there was always a sense of cohesion in the line’s delicate femininity. Nguyen explained, “The core of a Thai Nguyen woman is a free and ethereal soul.” Indeed, his nude-heeled models even walked the runway to Michael Buble’s jazzy “Sway.”
The dresses were a little busy at times, loading up on what always seemed to be “one detail too many” – where there was sequins, there was often also ruffles and bows and fans, for example. However, the easy silhouettes and neutral color scheme kept Nguyen’s line extremely wearable, and the breeziness of the dresses make them perfect for spring and summer.
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