Oh, honey. It’s not that Sue Wong‘s fall 2012 collection, which she debuted at a champagne lunch in her private atelier in Los Angeles, was bad. The inspiration was there: a 20s glam sophistication wrapped up in beading and drop waists. Normally, this could be a fun concept, but here’s the thing: The models look like they’re playing dress up on Halloween in ill-fitting costumes from Party City. And there’s just nothing new. It’s more or a less a re-creation of looks we’ve seen in movies of flappers and dance hall dames. Maybe with a hint of a modern edge, and little more tailoring, this collection could have been something great.
The other problem is this video of the collection that was released in place of an actual runway show. I would describe the music as a mash-up of French new-wave sex whispers, wannabe rock and echoed opera sonatas. Which, by the way, is the name of the video: Autumn Sonata. And the editing reads as a cheesy homage to the early 90s Calvin Klein “Nothing-comes-between-me-and-my-Calvins” commercial. But we do love Brook Shields.