Breeze on Through

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Look­ing to gain style points this sum­mer? The key is to find a mid­dle ground be­tween cou­ture and prêt-à-porter.

Prêt-à-cou­ture is a new term that has been in­tro­duced to the lex­i­con of fash­ion­istas and it’s worth get­ting to grips with if you want to look the part this sum­mer. Es­sen­tially, it means a fu­sion of sculp­tural shapes, cou­ture-like fab­ri­ca­tions with the in­for­mal­ity of sports­wear. The re­sult is a mid­dle ground be­twen two seem­ingly dis­parate worlds. One of the hottest brands in this arena is the Span­ish house of Delpozo. Founded in 1974 by mod­ern vanguard Jesús del Pozo (who was one of the first to cre­ate this link be­tween cou­ture and ca­su­al­wear), the com­pany was re-launched in 2012 un­der the stew­ard­ship of Cre­ative Direc­tor Josep Font and this sum­mer, he has col­lab­o­rated with Net-a-porter to bring an eight-piece as­sort­ment col­lec­tion to a wider base. “Delpozo is a gen­uinely unique brand that ref­er­ences a pe­riod of fash­ion when cou­ture was king. It is the para­mount prêt-àcou­ture brand for old era glam­our and cre­ativ­ity, the an­tithe­sis of ca­sual luxury,” says Sasha Sarokin, Net-a-porter’s Buy­ing Manager. “The hall­marks of the prêt-à-cou­ture house are high­lighted through bold pops of colour and re­fined, mod­ern sil­hou­ettes.” Though we’d love to have all eight pieces, if we had to pick one it would be the breezy peach-pink Geor­gette trousers that will bil­low in the wind so you can take on the sum­mer in style. Match them with a sim­ple white blouse of your own (or even bet­ter, this Delpozo one), a pair of graphic chunky heels, as well as a quiet air of con­fi­dence and you’ll be lovely as a sum­mer rose.

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