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Dirk Schönberger Gets the Recipe Right

by Timothy Hagy

PARIS, July 3, 2005 - Dirk Schönberger knows how to throw a reception. Cold flutes of Piper Heidsick champagne greeted guests to his show, as they milled around a shaded terrace outside the Hôtel St. James & Albany off the Rue Saint Honoré. The heat of a sultry Sunday afternoon dissipated as quickly as the disorganization that plagues many fashion events became a distant memory.

The title of Schönberger’s collection for Summer 2006 “Vive La Bourgeoisie” was reflected in any number of shimmering pieces sent down a runway sparkling like new fallen snow. Spencers, ties, jackets and shorts all glittered beneath the lights. Add in a redingote cut to sartorial splendor, mix in a classy suit, and you have the secret recipe for a gentleman’s wardrobe. One shirt came with a built in bow tie, while elsewhere silver brooches, purses and money bags acted as ornaments.

The finale of evening wear featured sprays of silver rectangles strewn over the shoulders, and tuxedos highlighted by peaked satin lapels.

Ah the dolce vita.

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