Being hands-on in the creation of garments was what led me into the fashion industry and is the aspect that I still most love about it. Working with the materials firsthand and interacting with the client to create fashion that is beautiful and relevant to the individual is still important to me. In a sea of fashion produced in mass amounts in locations across the globe, this aspect of fashion is becoming harder and harder to find.
I recently discovered a kindred spirit in the work of designer Paola Quadretti at her showroom in New York. Ms. Quadretti, a native of Florence, has had a lifetime passion for fashion and is living that passion with her own designs. Having worked for famous designers like Laura Biagiotti, Ms. Quadretti opened her first atelier in Florence in 1988. Her love for art, design and a desire to put quality first in all aspects of her creations brought her a loyal following of notable families in Florence that then expanded to clientele in Rome and Milan.
An American friend invited Paola Quadretti to her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she presented her first American Trunk Show. The women attending the show from cities across the U.S. fell in love with Paola Quadretti’s designs and offered to arrange shows for her in their cities as well.
Thanks to this initial show, Ms. Quadretti now travels each season to New York, San Francisco, Washington, Palm Beach, Newport Beach and Boston to present her new collections. With clients able to buy garments ready made as well as order the designs made to measure, it is no surprise that fashionable women in the U.S. have taken note of Paola Quadretti. Through her trunk shows in Boston, she formed a friendship and partnership that has allowed her to open a salon in New York City.
For Spring 2013, Paola Quadretti is once again presenting a line that is beautiful and elegant. Prints range from a lush tropical inspired print and a whimsical floral with birds and butterflies to abstract prints that give the garments dimension and color without overpowering the design. Also notable in the collection is the use of printing on textured fabrics, giving the garments even more depth and interest.
Silhouettes are notably ladylike and elegant with just the right amount of sexiness thrown in as demonstrated in a black silk jumpsuit that is a sure room stopper. But most notable in the collection is Paola Quadretti’s devotion to quality. The collection is impeccably tailored with great attention to detail in all aspects of the garment from the finest fabrics to needlework to buttons. This is true luxury.
With her salon in New York, Paola Quadretti style will now be even more accessible to American women and I know that once they experience her impeccable designs that they will become the fans that I now am. I look forward to meeting Paola Quadretti in person in the near future and bringing you even more on this extremely talented designer!