June 15, 2008
In his first Resort collection for Emanuel Ungaro, Esteban Cortazar took inspiration from Cartagena, in his native Colombia, and particularly from the sherbet-hued coterie of bridesmaids at Lauren Santo Domingo's wedding in the seaside city. Thankfully, there was nothing remotely bridal or froufrou about Cortazar's forward-thinking collection. Khaki jackets and romantic camisoles would work in an office, and tops printed with parrots and bougainvillea were breezy and beach-ready. Evening options, such as a printed and draped T-shirt gown and a V-necked ivory jacquard, were also frippery-free. The result: an enviable ease.