Kevan Hall once again displayed his 2008 spring line at his runway show during the Spring 2008 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week extravaganza at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, los Angeles.
The show was alive with rusts, golds and blues, Kevan's new line of evening gowns, jackets and dresses were preceded by a lively band of tribal dancers and even a stilt walker.The African theme was carried throughout the collection in the beading, safari patterns and rich silk fabrics. The collection takes one on a journey through some of the most beautiful part of Africa and visits some of its most beautiful people. Influence from Dinka, Masaai and Zulu tribes to the most antelopes and zebras shown with heightened jewelry of the Masaai tribe.
The Detroit-born designer has been perfecting his craft from an early age; after studying fashion design at Cass Technical High School, Hall went on to win 1st place as the 'Designer of Tomorrow,' a scholarship sponsored by his alma mater, the LA-based Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Following graduation, he received the Peacock Award for Outstanding Fashion Design, and in 1982, with the help of his partner (his wife!), he launched Kevan Hall Couture.
His relaxed, 'modern' couture collection was a high-fashion hit with both retailers and clients alike, featured in some of the finest department stores such as Saks 5th Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus. By 1989, when he designed a label of less-expensive sportswear, he was established as one of America's most talented designers. Haute couture history was officially in progress.
His signature Kevan Hall Collection comes with a fashion philosophy that emphasizes purity of style, impeccable tailoring, and sensually draped, streamlined silhouettes. After redefining the esteemed house of Halston (he was Design and Creative Director from 1998-2000), Hall began dressing some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Celine Dion, Charlize Theron, Mariah Carey, Salma Hayek and Minnie Driver. Carmen Electra recently took a well-publicized spill while walking the runway for a charity fashion show, clad in a bright blue Kevan Hall dress; remember - if you have to fall, do like Carmen and fall like a true fashionista!
This collection was undoubtedly the most formal of the night, and the 'oohs' and 'ahhs' that rippled through the audience were audible as Hall successfully lent a rejuvenated sophistication to the 'dressy' dress.
Watch the show!