They say, “when you’ve got it, you’ve got it”. Sometimes, you fall off the yellow-brick road you’re on but that’s only human. Designer DOUGLAS HANNANT was solidly back on track – no question – scoring a 10 out of 10 with his spring 2011 bridal collection. The Fashion Reporter’s Publisher, Priscilla Monteiro and I turned to each-other murmuring out-loud, “gorgeous” after the eighth gown came out. The dresses were everything bridal designers always promise but rarely actually deliver. They were beautiful, fresh, youthful, AND fashion forward. It’s hard for tulle not to look as if it’s only meant for ballerinas, but Douglas made it look right for bridal.
The white blooms Edward Tricomi [of Warren Tricomi] put in the models’ hair instead of in their hands and the soft tulle ruffles that fell softly on the shoulder of one gown all worked to perfection. [*Confession, when we first saw Edward backstage at one of Douglas’ shows, we wondered what Iggy Pop was doing there].
Seriously though, what Edward did for this show is an example of what a talented and creative hair dresser can do when given a long leash. As we told him post-show, we’d be happy if we never saw another boring side swept Barbie ponytail at a show again. The sleek mermaid gowns befit the older bride and the extraordinary ice blue embroidered floral gown would have been perfect for Marie Antoinette for her romps around her Petit Trianon “cottage” on the grounds of Versailles.
Rarely, IF EVER, have we left a bridal show in such a pleasant mood. Apparently, the retailers in the front row felt the glow of success too. They pressed forward to talk with Douglas and his partner, Frederick, [the only man we know who can work a lavender blazer like this] and urged their photographers to get additional shots of the dresses.
Brides-to be can now do one-stop shopping at the Legendary Plaza. The Douglas Hannant boutique and a Warren Tricomi Salon are located in the Plaza. Even if you’re not getting married, think about getting one of the best cuts of your life with Edward and some color with Joel Warren.