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American Designers Exhibit in Paris

The fourth edition of the CFDA/Vogue program had a three-day stint.

TAKE FOUR: The fourth edition of the Americans in Paris program — created by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue, with Tommy Hilfiger’s support — ended its three-day run on Monday. Seven former CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund designers plus a trio of brands new to the program presented their collections.


Among them was Sofia Sizzi — who designs the fashion label Giulietta — showing a Sixties-inspired line spangled with Swarovski crystals. Sizzi said the CFDA event in Paris “was a very good opportunity to meet the Europeans, because not everybody comes to New York.”


Daniel Silberman and Justin Salguero, co-founders of Illesteva, were exhibiting eyeglasses with animal prints for spring and umbrellas, one of the new categories for the label.


“They’re going to be exclusive to our Web site,” said Silberman, of the umbrellas, which are handmade in Italy. Their handles are of materials ranging from bamboo to leather to plastic, and the undersides are floral-patterned.


“When it’s raining, you should look up, see flowers and be happy,” reasoned Silberman. “We just keep expanding and want to become a full accessories brand, basically.”

 

Wes Gordon said that the best thing about being an American in Paris — unrelated to fashion — is the food. “Because you think you’re on vacation,” he said. “So you can be so indulgent with food. The worst thing about being an American in Paris is having to leave, I think.”

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