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Karen Sabag: From Bridal Gowns To Ready-to-Wear

Karen Sabag Invitation

Karen Sabag Invitation

NEW YORK, Jan 31, 2008 / FW/ — Karen Sabag, who won first prize as the top bridal designer out of 800 entrants in the Kleinfeld Bridal atelier sponsored-contest, is trying her hand at ready-to-wear. Today, at 4:00 PM at the West Side Loft, the FIT grad will unveil her first-ever ready-to-wear collection.

Entitled, ‘American Girl,’ Karen Sabag’s Fall 2008 collection echoes the flapper and Roaring 1920s and 1930s lavishness. Comprised of cocktail dresses and evening gowns, the flapper, slim line, big drape silhouettes dramatize this compilation. Karen also designed and accessorized the gowns with her own rendition of handbags and gloves.

“[The collection] emulates that certain rich lady, her posing stance, exclaiming excuse me, excuse moi, with that 1920’s affectation.” explains Karen.

Chosen as one of the young ‘up and coming’ hopeful by Showroom New York, Karen already has her own store in Brooklyn were she designs and makes made-to-order evening gowns and cocktail dresses. Her love for fashion came at an early age. Karen’s mother, ‘Lidya Sabag’ is also a fashion designer. Karen grew up watching her work.

“My mother is my greatest inspiration,” said Karen. “I learned so much from just watching her work, and it was only natural that I would follow in her footsteps.”

For Fall 2008, Karen opted for use luxurious fabrics – crushed velvet, organza, and crochets and beading. The ruffles, corsetry, draping and fine hand finishing, all illustrate the twenties and thirties feeling of opulence. Along with essential white and black the color palate is rich gemstone such as: ruby red, garnet, dark amethyst, emerald green and canary yellow.

[MARI DAVIS]