BREAKING NEW GROUND
Behind the Dresses with Designer MICHAEL DEPAULO
By Eden Herbstman
Designer Michael DePaulo’s name in the fashion world has become synonymous with high end evening gowns and couture. Sophistication is crafted and articulated through his delicate designs, use of fabrics, and structure. This season De Paulo expands his brand into new territory, incorporating sleek separates to accompany his couture creations.
Eden Herbstman: Tell me about your newest collection, and what inspired it?
Michael DePaulo: The collection is composed of beautiful thread work and embroideries that tell the story of the mystical garden. I was inspired the botanical colors of the vegetation and flowers, with an element of mystery. There is a custom magnolia print in the collection which serves as the centerpiece of the collection.
EH: Was there anything you did differently in this collection compared to past collections?
MD: This collection is a more diverse and versatile. Typically I have always focused on evening wear, but for S/S 14 I take a woman from day to night covering various aspects of her wardrobe from separates, dresses, cocktail to gala gowns.
EH: What are three things you want your brand to represent?
MD: Luxury, sophistication, and modern sensibility.
EH: When do you fell the most creative?
MD: I feel the most creative early in the morning. I look forward to waking up and designing. I go into my own world and create.
EH: When not working what can we find you doing?
MD: I love to travel, have nice dinners with friends, and engage in stimulating conversation.
EH: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
MD: I want to be a global luxury brand brand, having boutiques internationally and in finer department stores. I also want to branch out to home decor as my background is in architecture. I have a strong appreciation for interior design.
Michael De Paulo is an evening wear designer who focuses on high end gowns and cocktail dresses. He has a background in architecture, and graduated from Northeastern University.
Written by Eden Herbstman
Photography Courtesy of MAO PR
Design by Marie Havens
Michael DePaulo, Photography Courtesy of MAO PR