Sue Wong’s Epic Birthday Party and Fashion Installation

Internationally renowned fashion designer Sue Wong hosted a star-studded Birthday celebration and fashion installation extravaganza announcing D.N.A.M. Apparel Industries LLC as the new Licensee of the SUE WONG Evening Collection. The exclusive celebration, themed “From MAO TO NOW”, honored the designer’s origins from a remote humble village in Maoist China, journeying to America as a young child and transforming herself into the Empress of Fashion.

Sue’s story is so inspiring and I so admire her for all her achievements.  Being the quintessential Phoenix, she now finds herself poised on a threshold she calls her Third Phoenix Rising. The next most vibrant and exciting third chapter is the culmination of a stellar career, the embodiment of her well-respected, much loved luxurious label of magnificent evening gowns and cocktail dresses in the Sue Wong line.

It was also a night of firsts for yours truly. Yours truly, So Very Vida made her debut as a guest co-host on the popular Eye on Entertainment TV show with noted actress Dawna Lee Heising and directed by John Cox. I haven’t hosted a TV show, since my Persian TV show days, so I had a blast and it was an honor to interview Sue on camera as well as my friend Faith Boutin and her husband Murray from FVM Global Magazine. I also got to interview sponsors Mauricio Ahued, Betty Long of What a Betty and Andrew Angelini of  Angelini Trading Company. Dawna and I conducted our interviews in style wearing exquisite Sue Wong gowns and as always, it was a real honor to interview Sue. Dawna, is of Chinese descent and was a former Miss Chinatown and was really interested in hearing about Sue’s epic journey to the US. I will post the link soon.

It was also the first time my mom had the pleasure of meeting Sue. Growing up in a country like Iran, which had over a 2,500-year monarchy and coming from a diplomatic family and a direct descendant of the Qajar dynasty, my mom has had the opportunity to meet all sorts of royalty and dignitaries back in the old country as well as back home in Washington DC, but by far, she was most impressed by Sue. “Sue is a self made woman who has earned everything she has, yet she has such a regal and classic way about her that you don’t really see nowadays. While other people merely walk, Sue, well poised and composed, glides like a graceful swan on a glittering yet serene lake.”

I am by far posting the most pics ever in this particular story as it was such an amazing night of fashion. The gorgeous gowns are still etched in my memory and I’m really excited for Sue’s career developments! Check out some of the pics!

In case you wanna know:

my gown is of course by

clutch by

hair and makeup by Javier Basto

Photo courtesy of John Cox/Eye on Entertainment, Greg Doherty, Sheri Determan, and Bob Delgadillo.

Here’s some more info about Sue’s exciting new alliance:

Sue Wong announced a new alliance with D.N.A.M. Apparel Industries, LLC. Henri Levy, Chief Executive Officer of D.N.A.M. Apparel Industries, LLC, is the new licensee of SUE WONG for her core Evening Collection. With his commitment and passion for Fashion stemming from an accomplished textile background in France, Henri and D.N.A.M. Apparel Industries, LLC will manufacture and distribute the new SUE WONG Collection. The new SUE WONG Evening Collection will feature such diverse categories as evening gowns, cocktail dresses and dressy separates. In addition, there will be an exciting introduction of SUE WONG SEDUCTION – a Day into Evening collection of contemporary dresses. This will be a collaboration with Monica Gupta in unveiling a younger SUE WONG hybrid look. The new SUE WONG SEDUCTION Collection will be a category of young, contemporary dresses incorporating the most edgy and trend-setting knit fabrics and silhouettes, guaranteed to redefine the essence of Fashion and thereby appealing to fashionistas of all demographics.

Henri Levy expressed: “As an experienced Licensee, I am very excited to be investing in such a powerful and renowned brand. We look forward to introducing the new SUE WONG Collection on an international platform with a diversity that will catapult it globally into great recognition and unprecedented success.”

Monica Gupta shared: “Sue Wong’s Hollywood glamour gowns have always brought out the best in each girl. Truthfully, they are a girl’s dream come true. I am honored to be trained and mentored by Ms. Sue Wong, and to work alongside her in creating a new hybrid Collection capturing stylish fashion for a new generation. ”

These performances included renowned musicians Ronn Moss, John Walsh, Rob Math Jimmy Carnelli of Player, Shannan Rene Parks, Steve Cooke, Maria Elena Infantino, Medi EM, Djordie Stijepovic and Melissa Lee Diehl.

The special celebratory evening, the quintessential statement of haute glamour, featured a Fashion odyssey saluting SUE WONG and celebrating the designer’s birthday. Sponsors included: Angelini Trading Company – Benevento Italy Champagne, Casa Mexico Tequila, White Tiger Vodka, Purple Haze Liqueur, Equality Wines, Overflow Coffee & Tea House, Hubbert’s Lemonade, Cali-Dragon Veganics Farm & Orchard Sugarcane Juice, Organic Suja Juice, Hint Water, Kangen Water provided by, Swirl Cupcakes / Beverly Cannon Committee, The Center for Aesthetic Dentistry / The Center for Sleep & Wellness and Mukul Resort. The enchanting evening was dramatically accented by gorgeous floral arrangements designed by Sue Wong, who also designed the interiors of the iconic, glamorous home, The Cedars. Spectacular headdresses by Azti Designs, What A Betty and Kicka Custom Design complemented the gowns to complete Sue’s hypnotically-glamorous vision. Bui Productions transformed the models into seductive goddesses with beautiful hair and makeup. Jewels by Samira Gem Creations accentuated some of the dramatic looks.

Sue Wong’s alluring gowns harken back to Hollywood’s Golden Era, epitomizing timeless glamour and magic. The exclusive fashion installation at her Birthday celebration featured 49 signature creations: each an enduring, timeless statement from Sue’s rare archives. The Sue Wong Collection delivers the essence of Glamour for the present, reinventing it for 2016 and beyond.

Sue reiterates: “I have enjoyed my lifelong creative work. As one of my favorite teachers of the Twentieth Century, Joseph Campbell taught: ‘Follow your Bliss’. My life has been my Art, and my Art is my life.” Having originated from a remote humble village in Maoist China, Sue Wong journeyed to America as a young child and transformed herself into Fashion’s Queen of Beads, a living paradigm of the American Dream.

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