There is something to be said for the designer that still manages to design on her own without a design team. Face the facts: Wang, Proenza, and Jacobs aren’t solely designing their collections. It seems we’ve allowed our expectations as consumers to overshadow our expectations as fashion enthusiasts.
Enter Sue Wong: a character in her own right who has been single-handedly designing her namesake line since its inception in 1999. Wong, who has absolutely cornered the evening wear market for the upper-middle crust crowd, uses age old couture techniques in her pieces, many of which seem to be lost in today’s age.
Upon viewing her latest collection, one realizes that Wong is a force to be reckoned with. These masterfully detailed pieces deserve every bit of your attention and then some. This season, Wong drew inspiration from My Fair Lady, the story of a Cockney street urchin transformed into a member of high society. Yet, Wong isn’t completely entrenched in the past. She also acknowledged Black Swan, another film of transformation, in her collection.
Wong has the ability to take the wearer to ancient Greece, 1940’s Hollywood, and everywhere in between. The designer, who has no design assistants, typically designs her collections in three weeks and ends with 200 pieces once the process is over. Do not be fooled by the quantity; Wong is involved in the process every step of the way and that’s what sets her apart from other designers in her genre. The self-described “beautiful dreamer and pragmatic realist” is a genius in the business world and the results certainly speak for themself. Wong can be found in Bloomingdales, Saks, Nieman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Macy’s around the country as well as in 24 international countries.
At a time when so many are focused on the celebrities of the fashion world, many without any discernable abilities, it is a welcome change to be in the presence of Sue Wong: a fantastic mix of talent, imagination, and class.
- Craig Held (@HauteCraigture)
Designer website: www.SueWong.com