The doors opened and a packed house filled the ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel. Guests had the privilege of viewing the creations of Sam Mendoza, Avni Trivedi, and Sarah Prost in addition to the mixing and mingling of a pre-runway show cocktail hour as well as an open-to-the-public after event soiree right outside the hotel's ballroom.
Sam Mendoza kicked off the evening featuring leggy ladies clothed in his signature silk satin draped gowns. Darker colors, texture, and the addition of some fabulous coats made his signature line fall ready for the effortless chic. Indicative of his designs, Mendoza mixed mellow with drama, pairing low key music with teased hair which created the base of the mood for his runway show.
This black satin gown flatters the curves of this mysterious model
The textured cape made for a nice addition to this soft, romantic piece
The rich textured look of this dress is fresh for fall
Sam emerges, energetic, after his parade of models
For the second show of the evening, Avni Trivedi's line Avni showcased Warrior Queen, a collection made of rich natural fabrics, all organically died in her native India. Her looks were edgier than her former spring collection but remained true to her overall aesthetic. In a palate of grey, orange, and purple, the collection was comprised of structured jackets, cropped pants, dresses, and a statement making closing gown; a majestic 6-foot-tall glamazon emerged to a new soundtrack wearing a draped gown cinched at the waist.
A gorgeous necklace from Armor Allure by Magdalena Stokalska increased the drama
A sparkling collar of bronze crystals pulled orange from the hood and radiated under the lights
Erica Lyons added extra touches of glam to this dramatic finale piece
Avni poses after the final parade wearing her own design
Former statement maker Sarah Prost closed the opening night with a fall collection inspired by vintage furniture. The music set the stage as Victorian music quickly transformed to girl rock, reminiscent of the air behind Coppola's Antoinette. From cropped jackets to wool shifts, Yellow Clover by sarah elizabeth's collection showed that intricate embellishments and easy to wear silhouettes can go hand in hand. A departure from spring's minimalistic nature seen in New York, Sarah reminded us to embrace the impressiveness of structured fashion.
John Fluevog shoes from the designer's native Vancouver matched the "Victorian with edge" feel
Rich colors and textures from Poetic License shoes compliment this and many of the other looks
Statement vintage accessories held true to the inspiration
Yellow Clover's finale gown emerged with a hood which was removed at the end of the runway
Sarah walks with her finale model