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The Elegance of Vivienne Hu

The Elegance of Vivienne Hu

Depending upon the venue and my mood, I enjoy some spectacle in my fashion shows. Live performances Chinese soprano Chang Sisi, and American recording artist Elle Varner? Why, yes! Thank you very much! These two amazingly talented women opened the Vivienne Hu SS20 show, with a brilliant duet of “Only Wanna Give it to You”, while models sauntered down the runway, in gorgeous, sleek, and sophisticated pieces.

Elle Varner, Photograph by  Eugene Manning

Elle Varner, Photograph by Eugene Manning

Vivienne Hu’s Spring Summer 2020 collection seamlessly fused modern street style with the luxurious aesthetic of European 19th Century upper-class fashion. Using bold textiles and sophisticated tailoring, Hu’s collection ranged from elegant and classic suit silhouettes, to sexy yet sophisticated cocktail dresses. Fresh prints from the designer featured the peony flower which embodies romance, prosperity, and good fortune. The dynamic collection featured a variety of hues, from highly saturated colors to bold blacks and stunning metallics.

The designer expertly married modern edgy details and metallics with nods to the 19th century; with ruffles and corset details. Unexpected combinations of bling and brocade sashayed effortlessly down the runway with perfectly styled looks complete with shoes from the designer; featuring the most inventive metal fringe detail cascading the back of the heel-stems.

The beauty look featured stylized bobby pins on slicked back hair with voluminous curls and sultry makeup; featuring products from the designer’s new makeup line expected to launch on her website, and in Macy’s, at the end of September. The line will feature four shades of lipstick, a variety of eyeshadows, and eyebrow pencils. Models skin was prepped with Rice Force products.

Notable attendees included: Beauty Mogul Nikita Dragun, Real Housewives of Dallas star Stephanie Hollman, model Alana Monteiro and comedian Lorenzo Cromwell. Influencers in attendance included Sharleen Joynt and Olivia Jeanette among others.

Photographs © Eugene Manning

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