The line for the 2011 Spring/Summer Edition Georges Chakra show yesterday at the Lincoln Center stage was long and restless; guests weren't allowed in until after the 2 pm start time. But once inside, a chic beige wonderland awaited, with low benches subbing in for the standard covered folding chairs.
Last year the most famous attendees were Alex and Simon from RHONY, but this year I spotted Kelly Rowland, sporting a sleek, sideswept 'do and head-to-toe white. Embarrassingly, I was even more excited to see Jaslene Gonzalez, the winner of America's Next Top Model Cycle 8. Jaslene looked like Audrey Hepburn post-My Fair Lady makeover in a shimmering silver dress and elbow-length opera gloves (from what I could overhear, however, she still sounded like pre-makeover Audrey).
The collection was entirely made up of gowns--Chakra's specialty, from which he very rarely strays. And what gowns they were! Almost every look was encrusted with jewels or bedecked with crystals. A running theme was a woven pattern (popping up mostly in the bodices) that resembled a very high-end version of those potholder looms I had as a kid, or perhaps the skin of a haute couture jellyfish. A few gowns were paired with voluminous vests made of slender loops of silky fabric (perfect for wearing over a tee shirt and jeans for those of us who don't generally get invites to the types of fetes that require Chakra's exceptional level of luxury).