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Ina Soltani gets dressy at Style Fashion Week L.A.

March 21, 2011 |  7:26 am

IMG_2155 Ina Soltani was Friday night's designer du jour at Style Fashion Week L.A. — which has been hosting events at downtown's Vibiana venue this season.

And after keeping the audience waiting a solid hour past her show's scheduled time, the Sarajevo-born L.A. designer marched out a series of formal and dressy gowns and cocktail frocks, mostly in crimson, black-and-white, metallic gold and disco-ball silver.

The collection boasted a handful of charming looks — namely, a fetching gold lame bustier fit-and-flare dress that fit like a dream and a dramatic eggplant-hued chiffon gown ruched to within an inch of its life (somehow it worked).

But, unfortunately, the fit was awry on many of the dresses. A rouge bum cheek peeked out of one mini-dress, for example, while the zipper on a few gowns bunched up in the back.

And, though the designer can certainly craft a formal gown, dresses including a red-and-white one-shouldered number that affected a living, breathing Valentine's Day card started to feel a bit Jessica McClintock-style prom — which was perhaps the point?

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: Dress by Ina Soltani. Credit: Emili Vesilind / For The Times