As we approached the half way act and a bunch of other designers I will spare the reader from (although to be fair a collection by 16 year old high school students showed some faint promise and rigorous guidance might see one of them one them making it one day, yes the world is cruel- blah!) half the room had slowly begun to dissipate outdoors some out of frustration others for sheer ventilation. Of course that didn’t stop the die hards amongst us sitting through another plethora of hip hop acts, which left some of us smiling and most of groaning, not withstanding one guest who whilst sitting front row who suddenly wanted to get up on the planks and dance before being mercilessly hissed at by 600 paparazzi.
By this stage the world was beginning to wonder if the Real Housewives of NY – Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen would ever show up as they were the production’s featured (no show) hosts. But sometimes life is like ‘Waiting for Godot,’ and so we waited for Godot as the next acts started stumbling down the runway. One felt by this stage even the show’s MC – the delightful Dee Vasquez had also given up hope and long gone bored of looking at her watch…
If there was a new designer who showed promise it was Pantora, with romantic pleated chiffon tunics and over lapping vests and textures and girls who had actually practiced hitting the runway before the show actually began, the audience was relieved at least this designer could hold her own. With polished casual lines, and girls who actually reminded this author of actual working models, the audience was intrigued and even though half the front row had (sadly) left by now, those of us who were still there were touched by Pantora’s efforts. The overflowing bridal train was a delight and meticulously conceived. My prediction, another 2 seasons and this designer will sort out the kinks and will become a household name, at least Mr Rick Davy had the notion to identify a few capable designers and Pantora were it.