Candy Frisbie models designs from Tony Ward’s spring 2015 ready-to-wear and couture lines. Photographs by Bob Rozycki.
On a chilly afternoon, WAG visits Mary Jane Denzer AT The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester in White Plains, where designer Tony Ward is showcasing pieces from his Spring 2015 collection. In contrast to the dreary weather, Ward’s ready-to-wear and couture looks feature a variety of rich colors, details and textures.
“I think it’s the height of glamour,” owner Mary Jane Denzer says.
We’re immediately greeted by model Candy Frisbie, who is wearing one of Ward’s gowns, a striking creation with a sweetheart neckline and intricate beadwork.
“I like to work with lace and light material, like chiffon and georgette,” Ward says. “I like to work with all different materials and build volume around them.”
The couturier, based in Beirut, is the son of Elie Ward, whose designs are now collectors’ items. Tony’s professional experience began working alongside such designers as Claude Montana, Gianfranco Ferré and Karl Lagerfeld.
“Everything inspires me,” Ward says. “I try to look around me, live in the moment, check for details around what I can build.”
Ward’s garments are known for their elaborate, custom needlework, using pearls, Swarovski crystals, fabric petals, ribbons, silk thread and silicone.
“The wonderful part is that he’ll make any changes, and he’ll do any color,” Denzer says.
Ward launched his ready-to-wear line in 2008, followed by his bridal line in 2011. Both collections are available at high-end boutiques around the world.
He remains focused on his growing collection.
“I am currently finalizing the prototypes of our next couture collection (Spring and Summer 2015) and simultaneously I am preparing the ready-to-wear collection for the Fall-Winter 2015-2016 season.”