Kevan Hall’s Spring 2010 Collection “The Getaway” – Once Again Earning His Title as “The Red Carpet Designer”
Kevan Hall presented his Spring 2010 evening and ready-to-wear collection during Rusnak’s “Night of Luxury” in the grand plaza of Spartacus Square on the Universal Studios Hollywood Backlot, Saturday, October 17, 2009. The feeling of privilege and opulence abounded as I scanned the sea of elegant tables, smelled the aroma of fine food and drink, and took in the distinguished guests dressed to the nines. Rolls Royce revealed its newest car, the “Ghost” for 2010, among other couture vehicles, including the unveiling of Porche and Jaguar. Haylie Duff and Nick Zano – Photo by Paul RedmondMiss California, Tammy Farrell, among other celebrities (Haylie Duff, Nick Zano, and Natasha Henstridge) were in attendance. Before the main event, I spoke to the head stylist and runway show producer to get a feel of the night’s upcoming main event. They hinted at the smoky eye look and the carefree essence of the heiress, driving in her convertible sports car with her hair in the classic up-do, in this case, a classy beehive with a slightly windblown look. The producer emphasized his desire to bring to life Hall’s vision. In my opinion he succeeded.
As with every Kevan Hall collection, the clothes were breathtaking, bringing me back to old Hollywood. Well, the Spring 2010 collection was no different . . . ahem . . . except, dare I say, “evolved”? Each beautiful gown and elegant suit embodied nostalgia reminiscent of Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, etc. The show was indeed bigger than life. The white jersey jumpsuit with black silk organza touring duster was one of my favorite pieces. Another signature piece in Hall’s collection was the azalea pink silk taffeta siren gown with bow. In keeping with the one-shoulder trend as seen on many a catwalk this season, the white chiffon one-shoulder gown with black lace crossings was also a favorite. And let’s not forget the attention to detail that Hall gives his creations. The indigo stretch georgette crisscross dress was finely crafted to accentuate a woman’s curves—another Hall trademark.
It would be unfair to point out only my favorites, since every piece in this collection is beautiful and truly embodies Hall’s ode to the iconic woman. With clean lines and tasteful diamond accessories and a palette of unusual spring colors, Kevan Hall’s Spring 2010 collection can only be described as otherworldly.
What was the inspiration for your collection?
The inspiration was Elizabeth Parke Firestone, who was the Firestone heiress; and I figured since we were doing this in this venue with the beautiful automobiles, to look to this incredible icon that collected couture. So, with couture, thinking about her life, thinking about the 50s all the way to the 70s . . . just beautiful couture-inspired gowns and suits.
I loved everything about it. I loved the styling that went along with it. What I noticed particularly—and you did this in most of your collections—were your choices of iridescent colors. Can you tell me a little bit about some of the fabrics you used?
We used a satin-based organza. It’s a fabric that I hadn’t used in many, many years. It has a very light, airy kind of feeling to it, and then again back to my color sense. People are really responsive to colors. The iridescence is something that I always do. I love soft, luxurious fabrics.
Why did you choose Universal Studios?
We had the opportunity to partner with Rusnak group. When I saw the setting, I thought it was just perfect to take it out of a white box and put it into this really wonderful open-air ambience and create a whole great evening.
Initially, I saw your very first collection as the creative director for Halston. I’ve been in love with your talent ever since. I have seen you just catapult into this amazing iconic—I know a word you use for your own inspirations to your collections—designer. What’s next for Kevan Hall?
What’s next for Kevan Hall? I am continuing to branch out on my brand. We do have a new collection called “Kevan Hall for Paul Stanley,” where I have a partner and we’re doing day dresses. Of course, we’re selling more mainstream. They’ll retail at specialty stores and in Bloomingdale’s, and then I also just launched a collection called “Kevan Hall Studio,” which is cocktail dresses at a great, affordable price for women that would love to own the clothes that they can’t really afford, the couture pieces.
For women like me. (Both laugh)
So we’re branching out.
Interviewed by Kaylene Peoples