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David Szeto

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David Szeto
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 Autumn Winter 2014 Szeto shows that his signature smocking and asymmetrical draping has no rules. Skirts made from heritage tartans are designed to look like flannel shirts wrapped around the waist and a lapelled black jacket is given fierce touches with a faux-leopard waistcoat and biker-style belt. Keeping the laidback palette of greys, reds and blacks his pieces carry the inimitable ease of youthful style.

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