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Since taking the lead at the house of Azzaro, Vanessa Seward has breathed life into the sleeping beauty with her sexy, updated reinterpretations of the founder’s greatest hits. For spring, though, she said she introduced more of her own style by “softening” the silhouette and making it more “urban.” The result was Seward’s most alluring collection to date. A kimono dress had a cape back, high-waisted skirts were paired with silky tops and fringe was braided into beautiful skirts and dresses. Other standouts in her array of gowns were black-and-white draped dresses, inspired, Seward said, by the Ascot scene in “My Fair Lady” — sure to please Seward’s glamorous fair ladies.

This story first appeared in the October 7, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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