July 09, 2002 Paris
ries of the past few seasons.
Reclaiming territory that he long ago mapped out as his own, Ungaro followed up with wrapped floral chiffon and silk paisley patchwork scarf dressesleg-flashing numbers constructed to look as if they might fly off the body at any moment. The designer worked his love of the exotic into collisions of color, pattern and texture, incorporating Eastern influences, embroideries that suggested medieval tapestries and stained glass, and piles of African beads reinterpreted by Erickson Beamon.
Was the strong shoulder line touted by these confident women another flashback to Ungaro’s 1980s? Blouson minidresses, big patchworked fur coats with vast collars, swinging quilted velvet jackets and puffy leg-of-mutton sleeves were certainly edging in that direction. At the same time, though, the designer took care to update his signature points of reference, coaxing them into today’s looser, more casual way of wearing luxe.
Emanuel Ungaro began his career before many of today’s celebrities were even born. But today, he offered plenty of red-carpet-ready reasonslike a dark wine-colored embroidered gown inserted with laceto make them think of him as a new discovery all their own.