wears an outfit called "Siren"
Fashion, American Style:
The 2nd Annual
Decotach Fashion Show
Report by Tanna Valentine
photos by Brian Lin
of hard work bore colorful and glittering fruit in
late July as eleven models strutted the catwalk at
the glamorous Taj Nightclub in New York City for
the Decotach Bellydance Fashion Show. Hosted
by myself and fitness expert/party promoter Andy
Troy, this fun evening was a delicious
is the design house created by Angela
as a master dancer and teacher, and a member of the
late Serena’s Dance Theater, Ms. Lambru’s
career has spanned two decades and taken her around
the world. From her earliest days as a dancer,
she had a strong interest in costume design and performed
often in her own creations. Noora’s
lovely and highly portable costumes became one of
her hallmarks. Three years ago, Ms. Lambru
decided to formalize her textile creativity by starting
her own company, and Decotach was born.
name “Decotach” refers to her patented
design concept (US Patent #7,201,629) in which many
costume elements are interchangeable and washable,
allowing the inner bra to “detach” from the decorated
top layer to be washed, and also allowing decorative
elements to be detached from one garment and
worn with another. Other pieces are reversible,
such as her beautiful, multi-layer hip scarves, which
also do double and triple duty as shawls and skirts. Still
other accessories are completely convertible, morphing
from belts to armbands to headbands. All Decotach
garments are made in the U.S.A., from top quality
fabrics and trims.
this year’s fashion event, Ms. Lambru chose to
display her costumes in the context of a Berber
Berbers are the indigenous inhabitants of Morocco
and their weddings are elaborate affairs, which can
last several days. During the actual wedding
day celebration, a Berber bride might change her
dress and matching jewelry several times. In
the premise of the show, the dazzling outfits were
being paraded in the hopes of catching the eye of
the watchful and picky “bride”.
first two groups of models took to the stage in highly
entertaining blend of dancing and posing that was
choreographed by Angela. The various ensembles
had evocative names like “Ambrosia”, “Topkapi” and
“Black Diamond”. The designer herself modeled
a lovely bronze beledi dress titled “Siren”. As
the models showcased the garments for the choosy
bride they also called attention to the various reversible
and interchangeable elements. Jaklina in “Turkuaz”,
for example, first appeared on stage wearing what
appeared to be a coverup, but then she slipped it
off and used it as a veil. Ms.
Lambru saved her biggest surprise for the third group
this segment, the bride herself retook the stage
wearing a base costume entitled “Golden Sands”. She
was then assisted by her three attendants in
donning two different sets of “top layer” costumes,
each of which completely changed the look of
the base costume. American design ingenuity
the models were smooth and polished on the catwalk
which is not surprising since most were professional
NYC dancers. They included: Barbara, Tava, Serena, Leiley, Elektra, Erica Veilz,
Karrlah, Najila Nikole, Anna, Jaklina and Delbahar. I had a
great time acting as the announcer, and was ably
assisted by our great DJ Justin of Foundation Audio. Brian Lin graciously donated his services
as a photographer and, despite less than ideal lighting
conditions, managed to get some wonderful shots of
the lovely garments on display.
event was attended by both members of the NYC bellydance
community and many regular nightclub-goers. Even
the non-bellydancers could readily relate to the
engaging mix of fashion, dance and entertainment. The
entire audience seemed to enjoy the event immensely,
and many expressed much appreciation for the elegant,
feminine, and unique designs of Decotach.
Dressing the Bride
Anna in "Can-Can"
Barbara in "Black
Delbahar in "Golden
Jaklina in "Turquaz"
information about Decotach and Ms. Lambru can be obtained
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