Designs by Lucy DangThe runway - all six feet of it - hosted the work of local designers Lucy Dang, Shemara Couture, Ladaska Mechelle and Tre LaVoux Couture, in a back corner of the space. No seating was available for the cramped audience. While the fashion itself was interesting enough (especially Lucy Dang’s feminine ensembles) the set-up and some of the styling decisions created a feel that was sophomoric and disorganized. Instead of showcasing the talents of these hard-working Dallas designers, the circus-like atmosphere made it impossible to focus on the fashion. Rather, fashion became another aspect of the cultural mash-up that was Artopia.
Designs by Shemara CoutureDallas and the people here are, for the most part, sophisticated and culturally aware. Any residents of our city who are informed of and interested in participating in the culture (see definition above) of DFW would not consider The Observer’s event a worthwhile occasion. Don’t get us wrong. This is not to say that people weren’t having fun; they were. The kind of fun being had, however, had nothing to do with art or culture or fashion. Sadly these terms seem to have functioned as mere buzz words to get people excited about something that didn’t exist in any real way at this particular event. (All photos, credit Heather Lettieri for DFW Style Daily)