Paris Fashion Week: Emanuel Ungaro

By Laurel Newman

While many of the Spring 2012 ready-to-wear collections consisted of soft colors and romantic details, Emanuel Ungaro’s collection in Paris stood out to me by pairing those elements with loud prints and structured pieces. Some of the looks felt very modern, while others gave a nod to the sixties and seventies with swing skirts and jumpsuits.  I especially loved the ruffle and peplum detailing that showed up on a few looks.

Ungaro’s famous menswear transferred over to the women’s collection by being modernized and tailored just right to accentuate the femininity of the models. Of course, it would not be an Ungaro show without body-skimming silhouettes and lots of draping. Most of the looks were belted, and each model had smoky, metallic eye makeup and hair with a side part pulled back. After a few turbulent years, Emanuel Ungaro has returned to its roots by producing a flashy and sexy collection without any pasties in sight.

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