WASHINGTON — The relationship between two Dutch firms, high-end sportswear and eveningwear brand Pauw and floral designer Els Teunism, continues to bloom.
Two years ago, Pauw got international exposure for its crimson velvet bridesmaids dresses at the royal wedding of Netherlands Prince Willem-Alexander and Argentine beauty Maxima Zorreguieta. Teunism did the nuptial flowers.
On April 28, at the Dutch ambassador’s residence here, diplomatic wives including Alma Powell, wife of Secretary of State Colin Powell, were treated to Pauw’s first fashion show during the company’s inaugural trip to the U.S. Teunism did her part with 7,000 flowers from Holland in a profusion of fragrant bouquets. Also in the audience was Dutch model Frederique van der Wal.
"We do fashion shows in Holland, but only for our customers," said Erny R. van Reijmersdal, codesigner with company principal Madeleine Pauw, who was unable to make the trip. Pauw has two dozen stores in Holland.
The Pauw fall collection is full of its trademark nautical theme, such as double-breasted short jackets paired with slim knee-length or flowing velvet evening skirts. There were some novel fabrics, such as a silk and steel blend used in a distressed-looking sarong shown with a pale pink leather blazer.
"There’s always a dialogue between feminine and masculine," van Reijmersdal said. "It’s something you’ll find in every item. When you mix the two together, it’s a nice pie."
The Pauw show last Wednesday marked the start of the embassy’s Queen’s Day celebration, a national holiday honoring Queen Beatrix. Twenty-one tiaras from a pre-royal wedding crown competition, sitting atop blue and orange mini soccer balls, were scattered about Ambassador Boudewijn Johannes van Eenennaam’s house.
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