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. . , . POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 21,2014 Page 9 c/Ingela Designer Candice Wu (left) was featured at Bond's "Timeless Tuesday's" this past week with her couture collection. Wu is taking notice in the industry and for good reason -- each piece is perfected before the runway by her person- ally as seen here. (Photo by Angela Cornacchio) Socially Scene Reviewed ... This past week Bond in the Langham Hotel held their monthly "Timeless Tuesday" fashion show. Fea- tured designer of the evening was Candice Wu Couture with her 2014 collection. The hours before a runway fashion show can be a bit hectic yet filled with lots of creativity. Each designer has their own style and it is crucial that every detail leading up to the dress is a perfect fit. Benjamin James Beauty was there to start off each Dante model with a smoky eye look that com- plimented the collection, yet gave each one of the models a unique glow. Hair was done by Viselli Santoro Salon, a new edition to Newbury Street. The stylists had to showcase some real talent being they were asked to make the most of the models look as if they had a sort of short bob to highlight the edgy accessories from House of Cach that draped each gown. I had originally seen House of Cach and their edgy and exotic jewelry at StyleWeek and the Provi- dence local was a classic match for the Couture collection. Hong Kong native and also Boston School of Fashion graduate and now designer, Candice Wu, has already a high class resume. Her designs have hit runways like; Boston and New York Fashion Week, StyleWeek, Project Ethos in Hollywood, Ovations for the Cure, Red Cross charity events and the list goes on. Wu is also the back to back winner of the Boston Fashion Award for 2012 and 2013. The room was filled with fashion's most fabulous like UpTemp Magazine Editor Joseph Gualtiere, Nestor a local American Idol season 13 contestant, Fashion Designer Helena Martin, Denise and Stephen Dunbar, Amber Lu accessory and handbag de- signer along with so many more. Once the show began, it became clear what an amaz- ing establishment Bond is, with tables lining the run- way perfectly for guests to enjoy the entertainment. The collection was brimming with imagination and Wu being known for her love to blend traditional elements with modern ideas had the runway filled with pure art. There were two walk- throughs and both were host to a combination of dark, timeless evil queen from a Disney classic and a lighter look with animated greens and soft silks. Timeless Tuesday at Bond in the Langham Hotel is always a quality event, but I believe this was the best yet. Generally held the sec- ond Tuesday of the month and always partnered with Peroni. Before the show, from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm, you can receive a complimentary appetizer when drinking a Peroni, just another perk. Visit www. bondboston, com for more on all their enter- tainment. Candice Wu is always up to something in the industry and with her studio right in the South End don't be surprised when this talented designer is making her way to Paris and Milan, earning Boston a secure spot in the fashion business. You can find out more about Wu's upcoming events at www. candicewucouture, com A Gala Night with ... David Garrett and special guest Martynas on March 23ra at the Hanover Theatre. He's a star everywhere, from the catwalk to the Bill- board charts, but violinist David Garrett is ready to con- quer new terrain with his newest show entitled "MU- SIC: A Gala Night with David Garrett," just in time for his newest PBS special. Born in Aachen, Germany with an American ballerina mother and a German law- yer as a father, David and his family were nurturing his international solo career since his early childhood. By his teens, he was subject to a grueling schedule of sym- phonic concerts and record- ings -- but even by then, he longed to escape that life. Without telling his parents, he fled to New York, where his life revolved around rock, clubbing, and a seemingly deserved rebellion, abandon- ing the classical violin. But even in that hedonis- tic milieu, he realized that he missed the instrument that had been such a crucial part of his identity. He David Garrett is a German legend taking the violin into a new generation of music and will be in Worcester on March 23m at the Hanover Theater. (Photo by cling gigs. His intense, chis- eled looks quickly earned him a place in such maga- zines as Vogue and on the catwalk for Armani during Fashion Week. With such a fashion pedigree, his per- sonal style is also a great hybrid of influences. "My fashion sense is very rock," David observes, "though I like to wear a suit too. I like to mix it up." That's true for his music-making as well -- as evidenced on his ground- breaking Rock Symphonies album. This ground breaking style of a classical instrument playing rock and roll is a show not to be missed. The world-renowned virtuoso violinist makes his only area debut appearance at the Hanover Theatre in Worces- ter on Sunday, March 23~ at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be pur- chased at the theatre box office located at 2 South- bridge Street in downtown Worcester or by phone at 877-571-7469. You can also go online for more on the show and parking at www. thehanovertheatre, org. SpeakEasy Stage Com- pany ... Will proudly present the New England premiere of the acclaimed Off-Broadway drama The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter through April 5c". Winner of the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play, The Whale tells the story of Charlie, a morbidly obese Northern Idaho apartment quietly eating himself to death in the wake of a personal tragedy. With his health quickly failing, Charlie makes one last des- perate attempt to connect with his estranged daughter Ellie, a sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen whom he has not seen in 15 years. Also involved in Charlie's quest for redemption are Liz, Charlie's enabling care- giver; Elder Thomas, a Mor- mon on a mission; and Mary, Charlie's ex. The Whale was written by Samuel D. Hunter; whose play A Bright New Boise had its Boston debut last season. A native of Northern Idaho, Mr. Hunter lives in New York City and holds degrees in playwriting from New York University, The Iowa Play- wrights Workshop, and Juil- liard. He has received the 2013 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, a 2012 Whit- ing Writers Award, the 2011 Sky Cooper Prize, and the 2008-2009 PONY Fellowship. Mr. Hunter is also a mem- ber of New Dramatists, an Ensemble Playwright at Victory Gardens, a Core Member of The Playwrights' Center, a member of Partial Comfort Productions, and is currently a Resident Play- wright at Arena Stage. He has three new plays set to debut nationally this sea- son: The Few, A Great Wilder- ness, and Rest. Norton Award-winner David R. Gammons will direct The Whale for SpeakEasy Stage. Mr. Gammons' previous dir- ectorial efforts for the com- pany include the award- winning productions of Black- bird, Red, and The Mother- f**ker with the Hat. Boston actor, teacher, and play- wright John Kuntz will play Charlie, and will share the stage with Josephine Elwood, Georgia Lyman, Maureen Keiller, and Ryan O'Connor. 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