Photos by Walter Grio. Written by Baille Gelwicks.
Yang took her audience on a journey through silk, satin, and chiffon to bring to life the tale of a Monarch Butterfly. Fish tail bottom dresses, floral appliques, feathers, and abstract prints scattered throughout the collection captured the essence of nature. Yang not only created a beautiful fashion show, but her designs created an atmosphere that drew her audience in.
Muted golds and rusty hues began the show with soft ruffles that mimicked a butterfly’s delicate wings. Hair done up into a style reminiscent of the classic bee hive completed the insect chic appeal. The show then took a turn towards nature with shades of moss green, watery blues, and a pop of yellow. Tulle, beading, and feathers became the star of the show with this trip into the butterfly garden. Fun flirty and youthful short dresses seemed to mark the “coming of age” for the butterfly. A journey through the winter months brought back an Old Hollywood feel with a clean white pallete, body hugging silhouettes complete with fur, layered tulle, and paillettes. The end of the show marked the Monarch in its full glory with butterfly prints, feather eyelashes, and its distinct black and orange color scheme.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This was my first runway fashion show in Seattle and I was very excited to see Luly Yang’s Couture 2012 show, “A Monarch’s Tale: The Journey of a Decade” which celebrated Luly Yang Couture’s 10th year anniversary. The runway show was held on April 27th, 2012 at the beautiful Fremont Studios. Sponsored by TriWest, this show benefited Seattle Children’s.