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Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

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PARIS…French aristocrat Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has been designing ready-to-wear, as well as unique one-off creations, for forty-five years, famously debuting his teddy bear coat on Madonnna in the film Prêt-àPorter. Castelbajac shows his fanciful work every season in Paris, spinning an entire environment around the clothing. S/S 09 brought him into the clouds, with a light, pop-art set surrounding each look. Primary color rainbows, Mickey Mouse, Lego trompe l’oeil, and even a sequined portrait of Obama made the cut, keeping the work in league with other bold designers like Jeremy Scott and Bernhard Willhelm. Consider Castelbajac’s work an energetic take on what consumers with a solid pop sensibility will be looking for next spring, such as short t-shirt dresses, contrast stitching and a bold palette.

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