Runway News

EMANUEL UNGARO SPRING 2009

Article courtesy of the AP News, Paris

Young designer Esteban Cortazar injected a welcome dash of optimism into the Paris ready-to-wear collections on Wednesday, sending out flirty summer dresses in tropical hothouse prints in his collection for Emanuel Ungaro.

The 24-year-old, in his second season at the French label, said the outfits were influenced by his native city of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast of Colombia – a setting that has also inspired the writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Guests including Manhattan socialite Tinsley Mortimer watched models parade in thigh-grazing draped chiffon dresses trailing featherlight chiffon trains. A frilly black taffeta mini skirt was casually paired with a scooped-back T-shirt and a crinkled Panama hat.


Cortazar, whose father is a painter, let loose with a vivid palette of emerald green, fuchsia pink and deep turquoise that was sure to go down a treat with buyers looking for upbeat colors to entice customers next spring amid fears of a U.S. economic recession.

"I know that this type of work shows a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of positive energy, and I think that that’s what we need to have," he told reporters after the show.

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