Los Angeles Fashion Week: Kevan Hall Closes LA Fashion Week

From the AP:

The main tent at Smashbox Studios was transformed into a starry midnight sky for the final show of Los Angeles Fashion Week, as designer Kevan Hall unveiled his ethereal collection of spring dresses.

Floaty and feminine creations defined the line, which included silver sequined pants, sparkly tops with kimono sleeves and flowing, floor-length gowns sure to be seen on Hollywood’s red carpets.

The former Halston designer already counts Renee Zellweger, Debra Messing and Felicity Huffman among his formalwear fans. Actresses Virginia Madsen and Kerry Washington are apparently fans, too: They had front-row seats for the Thursday night show.

Grammy-winning singer Jody Watley was the first to walk the runway. Wearing a creamy satin top and floor-skimming black skirt, she sang a refrain of her song “Aquarius” to open the show.

Then came a smattering of short shorts, which Hall paired with beaded blouses or cropped jackets. There were also slim-fitting slacks, including a black-and-white lace pair with a matching blazer that brought new elegance to the pantsuit.

But Hall’s designs are really all about dresses, and they made up the bulk of the “Dusk to Dawn” spring collection.

“I looked to the heavens for inspiration,” he said in a statement.

It showed. Airy dresses in silk, tulle, jersey and chiffon were made for movement.

“The fabrics this season really excite me,” Hall said. “They are as light as clouds and fluid as rain.”

The palette ranged from classic black and white to violet, coral, yellow and sea green — picking up on some of the accent colors that were on the runways of evening designers last month in New York. There also were touches of beading and rhinestone shine, including a noteworthy silver metallic minidress with beads at the neck and hem, and a purple pleated frock with a rhinestone belt that looked party-ready, as did a bubble dress of black tulle and white silk, nipped at the waist with a slim black belt.

And Hall’s evening gowns inspire serious dress envy.

A white silk jersey dress was stunning in its simplicity: floor-length with a thigh-high slit and plunging V-neck, accessorized with a silver chain belt. A strapless, goddess-style gown looked fresh in hand-painted green and yellow chiffon. Another came in teal, with jewels accenting its empire waist. The show-stealer was a black taffeta strapless gown that was pleated from top to bottom.

After the elegant display of 44 outfits, the dreadlocked Hall looked almost underdressed in jeans and a denim blazer as he walked the runway with Watley.

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