In the self proclaimed fashion capital of the south aka Atlanta, there are seemingly more fashion events than people. With a slew of boutiques and designers, and housewives posing as designers She by Sheree, competing for your attention every weekend, its insanely refreshing to find someone who does it right, like I did last Saturday at the Azede Jean-Pierre Spring/Summer 2011 show.
In the warm Southern night air, guests clad in their most fashionable frocks filed into a seemingly abandoned building at 8pm to watch clothes worthy of the Lincoln Center roll down the incredibly long runway. Inspired by the delicate shapes and almost transparent petals of spring’s budding flowers, Jean-Pierre’s collection was definitely for the girl who isn’t afraid to be girly. While the light as air fabrics and use of baby soft pastels evoked a girlish innocence, the use of transparency and contrasting undies provided by SPANX-they aren’t just for your mom anymore-definitely let you know that this collection was for a Southern Belle with a bit of an edge. Standouts for me included the pale pink transparent dress with a black trim, the halter style pink petal dress and the white strapless dress that screams bridal-but not too loudly.
Overall, despite the lack of AC and the few technical glitches that come with working in an unfinished space, the show was amazing! As evidenced by the level of construction presented coupled with the ability to distill a concept to make it wearable and sellable, Azede Jean-Pierre is for sure a designer to keep an eye on for the next few years.
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