Opting for a colonial tea and cocktails in the garden
at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Anand Jon made his West Coast
debut aptly entitled Divine Concubines. A decidedly upmarket crowd of
South Asian financiers, well-bred clients and eye-candy like Jenna Jameson, Bai Ling and Marla Maples came out to support the designer.
But that's where the glamour ended. Once the audience
took their seats in the elegant ballroom, an amateur, disorganized
presentation sparked and fizzed before our eyes. On offer was a random
assortment of flamed hotpants, beaded jeans, hooker/trucker looks and
breast-baring fringed chokers that only a Pretty Woman could love.
In an almost placating
gesture, bare-chested male models took their turns on the poorly lit catwalk
wearing nothing but leather pants or faded jeans. Finally some beaded
special occasion dresses drew applause from the crowd, then promptly back to
tartish ensembles of the most revealing kind. Proving, sadly, that not even
costly extras like ballet dancers, sword fighters and a posh location can
save a badly organized collection.