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Emanuel Ungaro

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FRENCH CONFECTIONS

Paris: The French flower garden in which Giles Deacon showed his first designs for Emanuel Ungaro was a charming and complementary backdrop for the largely pastel presentation. Frothy pale frocks popped against the vibrant flowers, and the blossoms were mimicked with mod flower prints that Deacon used for silk separates. A far cry from the strong and sexy silhouettes of last season, these ensembles felt much more soft and feminine. Playful feather and paillette embellishments added festive touches, and laser-cut leather flowers dangled decoratively from a pale pink shift dress. Though the show was youthful in essence, sheer laces that were pulled from the Ungaro archive made for revealing garments that were more on the seductive side. Deacon was among the many Paris designers who used non-conventional models; his diverse cast included new faces like Dree Hemingway and non-models like Vogue Nippon‘s Anna Dello Russo. The well-rounded assortment of items included everything from mod minis and draped gowns to silk separates and sparkly tweed suiting. While Juniors customers will likely appreciate Deacon’s flowery take on the Ungaro aesthetic, the sugary sweetness might not appeal to the sophisticated woman.

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