Always a perennial favorite for her ability to mesh wearability, elegance and subtle sex appeal, Laura Poretzky and the Abaete fall 2006 collection did not disappoint. This season, Poretzky has also been tapped to design affordable shoes for Payless Shoe Source as part of her fall 2006 offering. This is great news for anyone looking for designer shoes at affordable prices.
The shoes are named “Luke sandal,” “Oliver pump,” “Sky boot” and “Casey flat.” A master at paying attention to detail, Poretzky makes sure that the colors in the shoes mirror the clothing. The collection colors are inviting: golds, whites, reds, warm browns, creams and olive.
The silks and gold coloring lent a luxe feel to the collection as did the high waists. The bows and / or cumberband waists forced attention to the silhouette. We enjoyed the leggings, which seemed to ground the collection, while the hemlines and their miniature pleats added a sense of the flirty.
About Abaeté and Laura Poretzky
Abaeté (pronounced ah-BYE-ah-tay) is the family name of designer/founder Laura Poretzky, and translates roughly to "person of virtue." The logo is the original Portuguese family crest, which was awarded to her great-great grandfather in the mid-1800's for his service as the President of the Brazilian Senate, and his work as a leading abolitionist.
Laura Poretzky was born in France to a Russian father and a Danish-Brazilian mother, and raised between Paris, Rio de Janeiro and New York. With a lifelong interest in the arts, she was accepted into the top-ranked Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to study photography, but switched to fashion design when she found herself spending more time with the fabrics she was shooting than in the darkroom. Upon graduation, Laura was hired to a coveted position at Ralph Lauren, where she further refined her design sensibilities.
Having spent much of her life on the beaches of Brazil, sketching local styles, Laura left Ralph Lauren to create her own line of sexy, wearable Brazilian-inspired swim- and resort-wear called Abaeté. Within months, the company won widespread recognition. From Hollywood to the Hamptons, Abaeté suits were in top fashion magazines, and on celebrities and fashionistas everywhere.
Laura has now extended her range to create a complete line of ready-to-wear -- drawing as much on her experience as a New Yorker as on her Latina and Eurasian roots. Her sophisticated, feminine designs have captured the imagination of stylists and editors alike, while her years of experience with fabric and construction ensure a perfect fit, every time.
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