Calm, cool, and fabulously deliberate, Angel Sanchez sent out wonderfully crafted dresses that played with shape and texture. He showed six gowns from his Angel by Angel Sanchez line and nine gowns from his namesake couture line. These dresses move so well they almost could walk by themselves because of the fit and construction.
Many dresses had petal accents, organza pleats, and embroidery — all in flattering places on the gown. Some highlights were a gazar and tulle gown with silver metallic thread forming a criss-cross down the skirt with squares of organza embroidery.
He also showed a bridal version of a dress from his spring 2009 evening collection (that one was a short yellow cocktail) — a one-shoulder gown with strips of chiffon and crystal embroidered vertically on the bodice.
Another gown had a cute little parlor trick. The tulle panel in back can be worn down as a train or clipped up into the hair as a veil. A creative idea.
The showstopper at the end was a strapless ballgown with squares of gazar and pleated organza applied by hand on the skirt. It was as if a Gehry building had picked itself up and sent itself down the aisle. —Michelle Preli