What: Angel Sanchez fall runway show.
Where: Angel Sanchez studio during New York Fashion Week.
The surroundings: The Venezuelan designer, whose collection is available in Houston at Elizabeth Anthony, went back to the days when couture houses hosted intimate shows in their work spaces, setting up a small gleaming white runway along a hallway of his 7th-floor studio in New York's Garment District, staying backstage to make sure everything was perfect and not taking a runway bow at the end.
The look: Sanchez is known for bright colors and architectural designs, but for fall he goes much darker and more mysterious. He said his inspiration for his collection was "fetish," but there's nothing overtly S&M about the flowing gowns, often in black or majestic purple, with intricate black lace embroidery that weaves around the neck or cracked shards of acrylic that embellish the sleeves and neckline.
Instead there's a seductive flair in the dotted organza blouses, cocktail halter dresses with velveteen ribbon detail and gowns with sequin embroidery and illusion insets. With this alluring collection, Sanchez proves he's still a romantic at heart.