Thursday, September 08, 2016

New York Evening Hours by Lieba Nesis

De Souza's Daring Collection

Hand painted ball gown
All photos Lieba Nesis
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Victor dE Souza held his fashion show at the Gansevoort Park Avenue on Wednesday September 7, 2016 at 7 PM. The show was delayed until 8:30 to allow those attending other events to view his collection. The warm evening was perfect for the congenial atmosphere of a dE Souza event and the invitation read "Believe in dE Impossible" asking the attendees to join for his "controversial runway collection."

Lace embroidered trench coat

De Souza is a Brazilian born designer who has dressed celebrities ranging from Jennifer Lopez to Sarah Jessica Parker, and tonight's collection was definitely controversial due to the prominence of the men who were featured in largely feminine clothing.

Two piece blue suit with pattern dress shirt

Victor is a highly competent designer whose meticulous attention to detail was clearly showcased with gloves, hairstyles, bags and shoes coordinated to perfection on every model.

Embroidered shirt and leather skirt

The 49 pieces were highly intricate endeavors: each look was difficult to absorb and I found myself trying to grab another glimpse at the passing models and discovering a bow on the back of a dress or a shoe color I had not processed. Most of the footwear was shown with a stocking sock; a youthful touch that has dominated the runways for the past couple of years.

Embroidered kilt

The first look featured was a black dress which lead me to believe we would be viewing an assemblage of muted attire. However, the clothing was anything but drab with yellow, pink, red, blush, purple and green used generously and effectively. Victor's exploitation of color was unexpected: pairing pink shoes with a yellow dress; blue socks with a forest green jacket; and green shoes with a red dress.

Bouquet Jacket and Flare Pant

Moreover, I loved his plastic skirts and varied colored masks-this was Lady Gaga meets Twiggy. The most astounding part of the show was his placement of men in the forefront with daring looks executed with a surprising nonchalance.

Gray sweater and floral shorts

The men appeared with skirts, makeup, gloves and handbags with a casual comfort that said hey "what's the big deal." In fact upon reading over the run of show it was nearly impossible to determine whether an ensemble was for a man or woman.

Sequin embroidered jumpsuit and black blazer

Victor can do the conventional with ease as exhibited by his flawless black and gold embroidered pantsuit and fantastical red painted ball gown which closed the collection. But this was de Souza screaming "I am Victor hear me roar."

Amanda Lepore

As if there wasn't enough exciting eye candy famous transsexual Amanda Lepore appeared nearly nude with a diamond G-string and strutted down the runway like a seasoned professional. Even the music by DJ Monique was ominous and subversive.

Victor with his "muse" Jean Shafiroff
wearing one of his creations

As the show concluded, Victor walked down the aisle with an ebullient smile-he had achieved "de impossible" and he knew it.

- Lieba Nesis

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