INSPIRATION: The rich cultures of Africa, India, and China all rolled into one.

TOP LOOKS: A silver textured cocktail dress cinched with an antique beaded belt and artfully draped chiffon sash; an antique silver-beaded, V-neck, floor-length gown with an asymmetrical ruffled front; a dramatic strapless buff evening dress with a sparkling embellished belt and huge billowing tulle ruffles reminiscent of the best Monique Lhuillier wedding gowns

ACCESSORIES: Chunky, multistrand, African-inspired silver beaded necklaces; another Payless collection of dramatic and towering cutout heels constructed of wood (some pieces shaped like chopsticks — hello, Asia!) and embellished with faux snakeskin print and shiny red metallics

WHO WAS THERE: Alan Cumming, Leigh Lezark, songstress JoJo, Phillip Bloch, “30 Rock” star Katrina Bowden, the New York Times’s Cathy Horyn

Produced by Philip Marcus for Runway TV