After resurrecting the Halston label in New York over 4 years ago, Kevan
Hall relocated to Los Angeles to develop his signature label. A loyal
following of colorful stylists and red carpet A-listers provide steady
commissions along with a stellar retail vendor base including Neiman Marcus
and Saks Fifth Avenue. Pre-show schmoozing took place around the lobby's
VOX sponsored bar, drawing the cast of Second Time Around,ï¿½ media
personality Tanya Hart and staffers from Barneys New York.
The look this season was classic glamour, cast in a
tropical palette of mango, lemon, jicama and kiwi and inspired by the
nonchalant elegance of style icon Millicent Rogers. Front-row moguls
Laurence Fishburne, Tisha Campbell and Carmel Electra responded well to the
modern black-tie collection, including Diva Gowns and a white pantsuit; they
applauded anything with strong color appeal. Long periods of silent
anticipation accompanied most of the show, however, as many waited for
something more editorial and dramatic instead of the wearable silk crepe and
charmeuse dresses on offer. All of Hollywood (and their stylists), it
seemed, was jonzing for the next red carpet dress.
For the first time, EBay
had a presence during Fashion Week, sponsoring the Kevan Hall runway show in
exchange for garments to be auctioned on the site. With custom eye shadows
inspired by Mercedes-Benz and Swarovski crystals on everything, could more
blatant product tie-ins be far behind?