It's almost impossible to believe that Dallas label Nha Khanh has only been showing their collection for two seasons, considering their work draws comparisons to fashion heavies-like Narciso Rodriguez and Alexander Wang. Creative duo Khanh and Nini Nguyen showed their Fall 2011 collection at Dallas' Hall of State in Fair Park, and we loved the strong reds, leather, and noir lace looks that appeared on the runway.
Favorite looks included the show's opening pieces -- a delicate, sheer lace turtleneck in filmy black paired with full-leg, draped red pants -- and the parade of structured, bold red dresses that closed the show. The asymetrical leather skirts and rough-edged pieces in luxe skins also make our list of things we want, now. The details on many of the looks-think ultra-low backs on otherwise demure dresses and lace peeking out from underneath collars or sleeves-kept the collection's aesthetic edgy but feminine.
The beautiful half of the evening's honorary chairmen, Cindy Rachofsky (honorary chair along with her husband, Howard), introduced the show, thanking Dallas it-girl Melissa Meeks for her incredible work on the event, which benefited the philantrhopies supported by Two x Two for AIDS and Art. Co-chairs Sue Gragg and Brian Bolke were also on hand to watch the Jan Strimple-helmed runway show.
The very well-dressed crowd included girls-of-the-moment like Ana Pettus,Holly Davis, and Jamie O'Banion, and the boys kept up the stylish pace, with men like famous tenor James Valenti (currently starring in Rigoletto at The Dallas Opera) and art-enthusiast Dan Pritchett watching the show in spring suits.
Overheard: Jan Strimple commenting that the music she chose (a selection of loungy, French songs) was her favorite runway soundtrack of the season so far. And standing just a few feet away, PaperCity's Christina Geyer -- gorgeous in a one-shoulder gown -- complimenting the social swirl at the party and chatting about her upcoming trip home to California.
Shop the Nha Khanh collections at Forty Five Ten in Dallas, 4510 McKinney Avenue, and don't miss their trunk show April 8-9. Forty Five Ten will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from trunk show sales to the charities supported by Two x Two.