A year into her tenure as creative director of Paule Ka, Alithia Spuri-Zampetti is growing increasingly confident in the role. Her resort line revolved around a safari theme, marking a departure from the house’s tradition and the retro couture inspirations of her earlier collections.

The vintage-inspired looks — think trapeze coats and hourglass dresses — were still there, but there were lighter pieces, too, and the color palette was more experimental, with spice tones adding an exotic touch. The designer used a breezy cotton voile for frilled summer dresses in apple green or a lipstick pink leopard print, and chose a crisp poplin for a roomy saffron shirtdress.

Spuri-Zampetti also included heavier items such as a coat and dress in tiger-print jacquard. She continued to pad out the label’s occasion wear, with dresses featuring colorful strips of satin looped through the shoulders and waist. A selection of looks were rendered in white and could form the basis of a future bridal collection, she said.


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