A master of the art of drapery, Paris-based designer David Szeto has created his very own brand of femininity. Sold exclusively to private clients since 2004, Szeto’s creations are the picture of paired down, soft elegance. His haute couture-style skills lie in his innovative bias cuts, which allow the fabric to flow with its grain.
Rather than sketching and then creating a pattern, Szeto designs by hand-draping cloth on a mannequin before folding, twisting and bunching into the desired form. As a result, his silhouettes are architectural without losing any softness or wearability.
Conceptual without being fussy or unfeminine, Szeto’s pieces are indiscriminately flattering. A self-proclaimed perfectionist, the designer once spent an entire year perfecting the pattern for one of his seamless jackets.
For Spring Summer 2014 Szeto refreshes his signature smocking and asymmetrical draping with statement beads and stripes. Every element of his pieces is considered, from the bead arrangements that frame jacket openings to the mesh underlay of his skirt. Keeping the palette largely nautical, his enviable construction and mastery with fabrics give his new season dresses, separates, and collarless jackets a youthful take on enduring style.