Narces Opens Fashion Week El Paseo With Sheer, Daring Designs

Yassemi grew up in a swirl of gowns. Her mother, Mitra, worked in the United Kingdom as a dressmaker with British couturier Victor Edelstein, tailor to the royal family. Some of Princess Diana’s most hauntingly beautiful ballgowns passed through Mitra’s skillful hands. Yassemi attended her first fashion show at age 8. Backstage, she remembers being swept up in the fray of Edelstein’s models and his racks of eveningwear, leaving her forever spellbound and destined to put her own creations on a fashion week stage.

This opening night show harnessed the power of that deep-rooted excitement. Coated metallics in vegan stretch leather with the covetable sheen of wet paint ushered in some of the evening’s boldest hues. Jumpsuits, gowns, and separates claimed their rightful moments in jewel-box greens and blues, frosty lipstick pinks, vampy red, dandelion yellow, rose gold, blush, silver, black, and a knockout neon chartreuse. By way of pattern, a sheer black bodysuit wore polka dots, and florals broke up the solids intermittently. Several white gowns were wedding-aisle ready yet too versatile to be dubbed exclusively bridal.

Silhouettes announced themselves without apology, from fit-and-flare frocks to gowns with exaggerated shoulders and brazen front slits. The dialogue continued in textural fabrics and couture embellishments. Skin, whether left strategically exposed or visible through a textile, is a Narces signature.

Yassemi often designs with a sheer foundation to render illusions of grandeur on the body. On a mesh canvas, she may “paint” her vision in crystals, ostrich feathers, or three-dimensional flowers. Yet even the line’s sheerest-of-the-sheer pieces offer the option to layer for real-life wearability — a slip beneath or a blazer over top.