The world’s most innovative fashion show producer, Jessica Minh Anh, transformed the new LNG-powered cruise ship, Costa Toscana, into a sky-high ocean catwalk in Portofino, Italy. Against the cinematic backdrop of the Italian Riviera, Jessica’s big come-back show once again redefined runway standards, while delivering a powerful message of sustainability and innovation. The extraordinary production premiered haute couture, ready-to-wear, accessory, and swimwear collections from France, USA, Malaysia, Paraguay, Australia, Senegal, Pakistan, Senegal, and Vietnam. More than a modern fashion statement, J Spring Fashion Show 2022 engendered a global conversation about sustainable travel, and engaged a new generation of creators.
The fashion show took place on the aft skywalk of the Costa Toscana, at deck 18, one of the most spectacular viewpoints of the new ship, which will leave for her first cruise after the show on March 5th from Savona.
A perfect portrait of modern elegance, Jessica Minh Anh opened the highly anticipated catwalk in a timeless couture red dress with intricate beading and refined craftsmanship by Malaysian powerhouse Emmanuel Haute Couture. The supermodel’s multi-layered fishtail gown was complimented by an impressive seashell inspired hairstyle to complete her unique look. Jessica was followed by a gorgeous model line-up wearing angelic white and pink dresses with stand-out waistline and elongated silhouette. A master at embellished hand work, Emmanuel Haute Couture successfully inserted seduction onto the ocean catwalk. This is the third time the Southeast Asian representative joined Jessica Minh Anh’s productions after Seine River and Hoover Dam fashion phenomena.
Next on the runway was Australian ready-to-wear brand Ngali with “Nginha” collection inspired by tranquility and open spaces. The stunning artwork of Australian indigenous artist Lindsay Malay was printed on luxurious silks. Traditional quilting techniques were combined with vertical stitches and embroideries to add depth and texture to the overall softness.
Adding glamour and sparkles onto the grand catwalk, the exotic beachwear brand Sauvage from the US premiered a bold collection with vivid colours and architectural one pieces and bikinis. Inspired by the “year of tiger”, the collection by designer Elizabeth Southwood featured jungle prints, Swarovski crystals, and chic detailing.
Returning to Jessica Minh Anh’s catwalk for the eighth time, Pakistani talent Syeda Amera premiered a gold dominated couture collection called “ORO”. Each extravagant look displayed intricate hand-woven embellishments, experimental cuts, and generous details of metallic beads, jewel stones, crystals, and sequins. Her unique take on femininity and individuality was evident through her exquisite craftsmanship and deconstruction of couture.
South American representative La Paix from Paraguay inserted sophistication to J Spring Fashion Show 2022 with impressive couture pieces. Inspired by nature, architecture, culture, art, and life itself, the collection showcased bold silhouettes, a lot of volume, layers, and theatrical yet elegant patterns.
Californian designer Johana Hernandez of the brand GLAUDI premiered a celebratory collection of love and life post pandemic. The prominent pieces include black satin dresses with soft shimmers, gold gowns with blooming flowers, and classic white bridal looks with a stand-out train.
Closing GLAUDI’s collection, Jessica Minh Anh embodied a fairy-tale goddess in a grand hand-beaded haute couture dress with thousands of crystals. The extravagant statement piece accentuated the supermodel’s tiny waist while creating a dramatic effect of lights, sparkles, and royalty.
Also returning to Jessica Minh Anh’s unique catwalk after the Hoover Dam extravaganza, African designer Kine Dion captivated the audience with an haute couture collection highlighting the diversity and complexity of a modern woman. Special weaving techniques, architectural motifs, elaborate embroidery, and hand-made pearls were used to create distinctive pieces.
Closing the show with class and supremacy, Vietnamese celebrity designer Hoang Hai premiered an extraordinary haute couture collection inspired by nature. His “East meets West” lavish designs alongside his passion for great versatility effectively reflected a woman’s personality. White, blue, gold, and red hand-beaded gowns with crystal embellishments inserted a magic spell onto the history-making catwalk.
Saving the best for last, Jessica Minh Anh appeared as a vision in a structured silvery dress made of Swarovski crystals shaped as a swan. The impressive masterpiece, which took more than a thousand hours to make, accentuated Jessica’s classic silhouette and sensuality with a high cut slit and an epic long trail. Captivating and inspiring, the exotic beauty led a stunning model line-up on the sky-high ocean catwalk against the picturesque backdrop of deep blue sea and spectacular skyline.