Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Couture Fashion Week: ISABEL ZAPARDIEZ

reporter: Miguel Dominguez

On February 17, Spanish designer Isabel Zapardiez, as part of Couture Fashion Week, presented at the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel her latest Bridal collection for the Spring 2013 season.

Isabel Zapardiez’s inspiration encompasses the fashion world of the 50s as well as from the ancient worlds of Egypt and classical Greece. Ms. Zapardiez brings these influences together in her impeccable draping and pleating, distinctive necklines, handcrafted embroideries, braided leather appliqués, and the use of gold. Her creations are also reminiscent of the great film divas of the 50’s: fabulous, feminine and very cosmopolitan. Silk is the predominate fabric, with additional use of satin, muslin, organza, tulle and brocade, as well as touches of guipure and Chantilly lace, crystals, mother-of-pearl and silver.

Isabel on the right

A native of San Sebastian, Spain, Isabel Zapardiez began her fashion career over 15 years ago with an early focus on sewing and pattern design. She earned a degree in fashion design after pursuing studies in Madrid, Barcelona and at the University of Pais Vasco. She worked as a freelance designer in both pret-a-porter and couture bridal and formal wear for several fashion houses before launching her own atelier in San Sebastian in 2002.

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