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The Anna Effect?

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There were plenty of eyes on Giles Deacon for his first presentation for the slightly shaky house of Ungaro, and the designer made sure there was plenty for those eyes to feast on—not only the clothes (a qualified TKO, says Tim Blanks), but the models, too. Casting has emerged as one of the big stories of the season, with many designers opting for a greatest-hits parade. Sure enough, here were some of the biggest names of the recent and slightly less recent past: Shirley Mallmann, Claudia Mason, Georgina Grenville, Angela Lindvall, Kirsten Owen. But among them was a more recent fashion obsession not to miss: Anna Dello Russo (left). (She was toting a lifelike lamb under her arm, a wink, perhaps, at the triceratops bags Deacon showed two seasons ago on his own runway.) How Ungaro will weather the future isn’t yet clear, but if it’s found a defender in ADR, its odds are so much the better.

Photo: Courtesy of Emanuel Ungaro

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