EMANUEL UNGARO: Right With the Times
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October 5, 2016
By Mariusz Brianski
Photos by Patrice Stable & Stefano Rancati
Paris, France – Parisian fashion house Emanuel Ungaro sees itself in the midst of a veritable renaissance. Its new collection is bolstered by ruffles, the hottest trend of the year. And it happens to be something that the house already knows a little something about.
Ruffles absolutely dominate the silhouettes found in the new Spring/Summer 2017 collection. Yes, Emanuel Ungaro gives us cocktail dresses, a few evening gowns, jumpsuits and a pants ensemble here and there. And there are also the micro-halter tops and mini skirts too. The house is also giving us large belts, necklaces and its DNA-laced polka dots. But the story again is all about the ruffles ! They literally appear in nearly each look (all save but six) as either full-on ruffles or as ruffled edges. This clearly takes us back to the 1980s, which was a good time for both fashion in general and to the house’s founder, Emanuel Ungaro, in particular.
The ruffles work to create an energetic display in the Ungaro line. Among the most revered thoughts of the season and also found within the collection are the daywear, active wear and sportswear-oriented pieces. Chiefly one must cite the bomber inspired jackets and the leather pants. It’s neat to see the collection’s leitmotif applied to these pieces, which leads to a real conclusion. On them the ruffles do nothing to soften their edge. However, they do say that the Emanuel Ungaro woman has the ability to be tough, but still chic !
This notion is further supported by some of the other looks in the collection such as the pastel blue dress with a slightly detectable hint of green undertone. This is one of the more sophisticated pieces in the collection. The bodice is gathered with a metal loop at the top of the bust. That loop is then connected with a V strap that reached behind the neck. This look is extremely feminine but still works wonders with the more edgy pieces.