Breeze on Through
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.