|Bradley Bayou Fashion Week LA March 2006|
One of the most polished presentations during MB Fashion Week came from couture wizard Bradley Bayou, whose gorgeous architectural neutrals floated down the catwalk with zen restraint. Inspired by urban 'structure and the shape of skyscrapers, he worked in an austire palette of steel, rust, metal and concrete. Each garment was finished with great care and rigorous detail a point keenly observed by Project Runway refugee Andrae Gonzalo who sat front row.
While punked-out Dee-Light cover tunes rocked the house, lithe models with minimalist hair and makeup glided the virtual boulevard. An expertly woven black and white grosgrain ribbon sheath adorned with waist-defining patent leather belt defined the season's new ladylike mood. A youthful polka dot party skirt with short back bustle was effortlessly fresh and modern. Must-haves like Bayou's languid plum silk chiffon evening gown and a chic herringbone suit dress with elaborate beaded feather border demonstrate his mastery of both flat and embellished surface. Sadly the harvest orange party dress, complete with stuffy beaded lace bodice and the limp cocktail sheath that followed covered in clear sequins were borderline drag cliques. Experimental works like a mini dress entirely constructed from semi-precious stones woven on chain drew mixed response from attending stylists regarded as either today's bespoke or unwearable.
Bayou's formidable red carpet and
editorial presence, along with commercial successes at Halston and QVC have
secured his place as an award-winning American fashion icon. Keep doing
your thing, Bradley!
|Review by Debra Stevenson|