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Azzaro outfits the consummate Parisienne

Azzaro outfits the consummate Parisienne

Azzaro's Argentine-born, British-raised designer Vanessa Seward is the consummate Parisienne.
Season after season, Seward delivers wardrobes for the chic young things of Paris' beaux quartiers, the tony, moneyed districts where the ladies' appetite for demure-but-sexy cocktail dresses is insatiable. The striking, dark-haired designer is that kind of woman herself, and she's her own best ambassador, wearing her sultry-yet-proper concoctions with aplomb.
For Saturday's fall-winter 2011-12 ready-to-wear show, Seward sported a red wrap dress in fluid silk jersey, sitting demurely as two models _ both of whose resemblance to her was striking _ pranced in her abbreviated chemisier dresses and pantsuits.
At Azzaro, the hemlines are always sky-high, and the Saturday's collection was no exception. Little was the operative word for the little black dresses that had flippy hemlines or flirty pleated skirts. Everything twinkled with rhinestones, which glinted out from beneath the collar of a black wool cocoon coat and dressed up the necklines of the sexy pantsuits.
It all had a vaguely retro feel, and looked like what a bored Parisian housewife circa 1972 would wear to a secret rendezvous with her lover.
Even the label's presentations are old school: Instead of a proper runway show, with thousands of people crammed sardine-style into a tent, Azzaro holds intimate little "mini-shows" in the house's mirror-covered showroom on Paris' chic shopping street, the rue du Faubourg Saint Honore. Two models change in the dressing rooms as the gathered fashion editors, journalists and stylists sip cups of tea and nibble on macaroons.


Updated : 2021-10-21 19:49 GMT+08:00