The Spring 2012 collection from Venezuelan designer Angel Sanchez is a study in modern elegance. Clean, stark shapes that glide over the body in white, off white and shades of pink needed little adornment. Floating panels and cape-like details rested asymmetrically on bodices and backs and gave the collection a prevailing feeling of airiness.
A pair of Sanchez’s most exquisite dresses had insets of fringe. This isn’t Vegas fringe that moves and grooves, this is fringe that hugs the curves of the body horizontally almost like a corset. Quite amazing. We also loved his use of pink throughout the collection. The hand-painted hot pink floral brushstrokes on a clean silk gauze A-line gown was whimsical and chic, chic, chic. The pink theme continued with a trio in the palest pink trikado fabric that is light but in Sanchez’s hands, it becomes sculptural and sexy. And lest we forget to mention, his girls had washes of hot pink hair, with a dusting of highly-pigmented powder on the back of their classic French twists. Pretty punk!
The new mood of lightness in the collection gave simple double georgette and silk crepe columns an ease and freshness without looking either too sexy or too sweet. His caped details skimmed gently over shoulders and arms, exposing bits of bare skin or skin covered in sheer illusion net.
Sanchez’s silhouettes always respect a woman’s body, allowing her to move, dance and feel sexy and beautiful. His most dramatic gown was the Mikado trumpet with full bubbled-back Watteau train with embroidered gazar appliques tucked underneath the dreamy bubble. Skinny, sexy spaghetti straps held this delicate confection of a gown on the body. It’s all in the details, and Sanchez can make anything from a skinny strap to a full on beaded gown incredible.