Fashion week shows can have a bit of a reputation for stoicism. True, nobody wants an overly enthusiastic fan running down the runway screaming, “GENIUS! I MUST HAVE IT ALL!”, but it can be fun to gauge the crowd’s reaction and pick up on its energy. True to form, Anthony Franco’s “Flor de Agua” presentation was a refreshingly energetic alternative to the traditional fashion week shows.
Set poolside atop the fabled Thompson Beverly Hills, Franco’s runway presentation was a breath of fresh city air. There was something intoxicating about the scene, and I’m not talking about the free-flowing sparkling wine. There’s just a certain magic that comes with being surrounded by city lights on a warm summer night, and that energy fed into the crowd during the show. Although everyone stayed appropriately behind the runway line, gasps and hoots popped out as the models walked the runway, and a murmur rose and fell over the music as guests discussed the looks in hushed tones.
Fashion-forward men will appreciate the eye-catching suits that walked the runway, reinventing the traditional closet staple. My favorites included an iridescent teal suit as well as a beautifully tailored jacket and trousers that blended seamlessly from coral to ivory and back again, with sprawling handwritten notes popping against the fabric. Another look featured a classic suit in a beautiful light grey topped with an unexpected floral-print jacket draped across the shoulders. Even if you haven’t been a fan of the coat-as-cape look, you will be now.
Striking women’s looks straddled structure and whimsy, with beaded and lace embellishments dominating the runway. The collection was refreshingly balanced, with avant-garde looks followed by understated dresses that focused on tailoring. I fell in love with an embellished mod shift dress that was styled with elbow-length gloves and a serious statement pendant. The crowd’s favorite was clearly a striking teal peplum dress with a body-con silhouette and accented with a tremendous headpiece.
Overall, Anthony Franco‘s presentation was eye-catching, energizing, and refreshingly fashion-focused. Fashion week can turn into a bit of a circus, and sometimes the designs get lost in the shuffle. But despite the evening’s opulent setting, the focus stayed firmly on the beautiful creations. The rooftop simply couldn’t compete.
True to chatty Sarah form, I also made some fantastic new friends at the show! Only in LA would you find four fashionistas with almost-matching haircuts that cross gender lines, right? Selfie superstar Benji posted this photo, and also check out wardrobe stylist Brandon on Instagram as well!