On Friday June 17th One Arts Plaza in the Dallas Arts District was transformed into a one of a kind runway venue suited to host a fabulous Prashe fashion show benefiting Dallas Black Dance Theatre. The evening pulsed with energy and bathed in the vibrancy of colors. Prashi Shah, premier Dallas designer, presented both of her collections of ready-to-wear and evening gowns this evening. My heart was stolen by the flowing summer dresses: sensual, comfortable, and bright. That is saying a lot coming from a woman, whose go-to color is black. The designs spoke of strength and femininity; they are not garments of a “wall flower” – you would wear Prashe to be noticed, to be talked-about. As the models walked around the fountain, soft fabrics gathered in intricate folds fluttered in the wind, making them look like delicate birds or butterflies – the sight not soon forgotten.
The evening collection was even more striking. Prashi Shah takes her inspiration from the rich ethnic traditions of Indian costume. The dresses, decorated with exquisite crystal beading and embroidery, were true visions of fairytale royalty. The richness of colors, the luxurious feel of the silks, the sparkle of crystals – all shown against the backdrop of the indigo night – were simply breathtaking. Prashe designs are fit for a queen, and what girl wouldn’t want to be a princess for a day? It was only appropriate that the show concluded with an appearance of LeeAnne Locken wearing the most fabulous gown of the collection.
I must not forget to mention the powerful performance of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Undoubtedly, the effect of the dance on the audience was even more formidable, when seen up-close, and not on a distance stage.
The Prashe Fashion Show was produced by the legendary Jan Strimple. When an event is in the hands of such a consummate professional, it can be nothing but EXTRAORDINARY. All I can say is “THANK YOU”.
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