Douglas Hannant Spring 2012 Review

douglas hannant Spring 2012 runway

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Douglas Hannant Spring 2012 collection

Show: Douglas Hannant

Theme: Shanghai high society in the ’30s

Hair: Edward Tricomi of Warren Tricomi

Makeup: Le Métier de Beauté

Accessories: Douglas Hannant bags and jewelry by Albino Riganello; Modo Eyewear

Overall Takeaway: Easy luxury with a playful spin

The Shanghai of yesteryear tends to be an attractive lure for designers. Ralph Lauren was inspired by it for his Fall 2011 collection, and this season, Douglas Hannant felt the draw. But the collections couldn’t have been more different. Hannant’s spring line was an ode to the high society of Shanghai, and no doubt his customers—the high society of New York—will appreciate his references.

The clothes were subtle on the nods—with the jewelry being the only outright Eastern looking pieces. Lace pieces started the show, with ivory lace on ivory lace. The alligator lace blouse was particular favorite—it had that element of ease that luxury American designers strive for. You could see the time period noted in the high-waisted linen skirt with leather buckle detailing and the loose trousers. So very Katharine Hepburn. We were charmed by the raffia pieces. Over the summer we spied raffia being used for more than bags. It’s great to see more designers embrace the fabric. Hannant featured a raffia dress and a raffia jacket, both of which were quite fetching.

Hannant ended the show with a parade of gowns—ideal for the crowd as the party season is upon us. A silver jacquard leopard gown was a real standout. The leopard was so subtle you barely noticed it. Chic, not garish.  A flapper dress embroidered with ostrich is fun for evening.

The cheering crowd was a clear indication that the designer had pleased his audience. And that is what matters most.