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Ungaro's Glittering Night Birds
by Timothy Hagy | photographed by Yannis Vlamos

March 1, 2007 - The House of Ungaro has been through three different Ready-to-Wear designers since Emanuel Ungaro shut down his couture line three years ago. Judging from the collection presented on Thursday during Paris Fashion Week, the third time is the charm—Peter Dundas, the Norwegian now in charge of the label, has found a way to make it sing.

His "Night Bird" collection was full of leg-revealing pieces that at their best were scintillating. Dresses and T-shirt embroidered with Swarovski crystal dazzled the eye, and when the mix was just right, the resulting glamor looked destined for the red carpet. Take the short, tight black dress worn with a jacket glittering in prisms of color, or the white silk version overlaid with clusters of gold.

An unctuous mink cape and a series of gorgeous furs sang out, albeit not discretely, a chorus of luxury.

Some of the sequined dresses, unfortunately, looked more like uniforms a drum majorette would wear to a parade on Main Street, USA.


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