2011 September 2
Azzaro Taps Mathilde Castello Branco
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(NEW YORK) Just one week before the start of New York Fashion Week, Paris-based brand Azzaro tapped Mathilde Castello Branco as its new creative director. The 39-year-old designer set up camp Thursday following in the footsteps of her predecessor, Vanessa Seward, who had taken over the position after founder Loris Azzaro passed away in 2003. Castello Branco’s impressive resume began with a degree in fashion and design from the École Duperré and the Atelier Chardon-Savard. Her first major coup was at the helm of Hermès ready-to-wear before she took the reins at Lanvin, pre-Elbaz. Currently, she is busy at work creating her first collection for Fall 2012.
Azzaro was launched in 1967 by Loris Azzaro, whose body-con party dresses garnered a cult following among the Parisian elite. These days the luxury brand is catching the eye of a different set, thanks to Seward. Natalie Portman stepped out on the red carpet in a strapless white Azzaro gown at the 2011 SAG Awards, and Michelle Williams made headlines in a ruffled Azzaro cocktail dress at the Blue Valentine premiere in December. In 2006, private equity firm Reig Capital acquired the company with a game plan of expanding its licenses, and July sales, spiked 35 percent, so Castello Branco is assuming the role at a particularly fruitful moment for the brand.
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