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Glamorous Gowns From MA-Based Brazilian Designer Nara Paz

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Awards season is over, but that doesn't mean you can't look like a star in one of local designer Nara Paz's red-carpet worthy gowns. She's dressed the who's who of the Boston social scene, and her pieces have popped up at the Country Music Awards, White House Correspondence Dinners, and everywhere in between on the shoulders of Beantown's most stylish.

Paz, who hails from Brazil, has settled into a studio in Woburn, MA, where she and husband Dennis Gain run the show, churning out two collections a year and receiving private clients as part of their atelier service. Deeply rooted in classically elegant designs—think soft pastels and neutrals, ladylike silhouettes, and paillettes aplenty—her seasonal collections of dresses and separates are decidedly feminine, fearless, and at times super-sexy (hello, corset gown!).

Paz isn't afraid to take fashion, an industry that too often takes itself too seriously, with a grain of salt, incorporating details that are at time humorous—like the Fall 2012 "Black n' White Animal" dress with faux fur cap sleeves that would look right at home on the runways in Europe. Tailoring is key, and cheeky elements like oversized bows, scoop pleating, and asymmetrical necklines lend a hint of couture to her wearable collections, centered around sexy sheaths, sugary cap sleeve dresses and boucle tweed suits that give Maison Chanel a run for its money.

Stay tuned for her upcoming Spring 2013 collection, where Paz's plucky Brazilian sensibility really comes through. Expect lots of big, spatial florals, sexy peplum-accented cocktail dresses with neon leather trim, and flirty dresses in sweet chiffon in a palette of pink, red, gold, white, and lemon.—Renata Certo Ware
· Nara Paz [Official Site]