Zannier

Leading children’s fashion company in France and Europe. It produces the Kickers, 3 Pommers, Assorba, Z, Floriane, and Confetti brands. Founded by Roger Zannier in Saint Chamont in 1962, the group produces mid- and high-range Collections for a range of ages, from newborn to junior.

Zu’ Elements

Label founded in Summer 2002 by four people: Marco Del Bufalo, Alessandro Zuppa, Giancarlo Pancella, and Silvia Fabbo, who all work together on the style, from the designs and fabrics to the image. They offer an unconventional, sporty, trendy look aimed at men aged 18 to 30. They launched a women’s Collection for Fall-Winter 2003-2004 called Zu4Girls. It is produced by Phard.

Zaitsev

Slava (1953) Russian designer. Graduated with top marks from the Moscow High School of Textiles and after a long experience with the Soviet Fashion House, he opened his own atelier in 1978. After a few years he earned the title as the “perestroika” designer for dressing Raisa Gorbachev. He left Russia for Paris in 1988. An admirer of Italian fashion, Slava has taken it as his inspiration. Using rougher materials — such as cotton, felt, and wool — he has recreated a style that is very close to Italian fashion, particularly when it comes to suits and footwear.
&Quad;After winning various prestigious international fashion awards, Slava Zaitsev was made an honorary citizen of Paris for his creative contribution to the world of fashion.
&Quad;In the 1990s the designer was selected to design the robes of the judges of the Russian Constitutional Court and the uniforms of the Moscow Police.
&Quad;As well as being a fashion house, Slava Zaitsev is now also one of the most important model agencies in Russia, together with Prestige, Modus Vivendi and Abc.
&Quad;Zaitsev’s fragrances, the sales of which kept the company afloat during the difficult years of the collapse of the Soviet Union, ideally echo Russian tradition. Maroussia, a woman’s fragrance in a red bottle whose shape is similar to the outline of St Basil’s Cathedral, is a homage to the designer’s native country and his mother Maria.
&Quad;Slava’s son Yegor, also a designer, started to assist Slava in the running of the fashion house.

Zanini

Marco (1971). Fashion designer born in Bergamo. After studying at Milan’s Academy of Fine Arts, he worked with Lawrence Steele, then Dolce & Gabbana. In 1999 he joined Donatella Versace’s design team.

Zephyr

The ancient Greek word that meant a light spring breeze is here used to describe a light cotton striped or checked fabric. Once used for school tunics, Brigitte Bardot made the zephyr popular by wearing dresses in Saint-Tropez in the 1950s and 1960s whose childishness and ingenuity made them all the more sexy and provocative.

Zappieri

Sanzio (1936). Italian fashion trader. He started out as a salesman at a very young age, and by the mid-1950s had already founded his own company in Turin. In the 1960s he started dealing with his first important brands: Ballantyne, Brioni, and Zanella (Zanella owns the UFO jeans brand). The 1970s saw the explosion of the fashion sector in Italy and Zappieri succeeded in obtaining the rights to represent Valentino, and Thierry Mugler, who was just entering the Italian market. In the 1980s Zappieri launched Moschino throughout the world and added labels like Krizia, Blumarine, and Oliver by Valentino to his stable, followed by lines from Dior, Ritz Sadler, and, more recently, Donna Karan Signature, plus high street labels like Kookai, L’Altra Moda, and Liu-Jo. His latest venture has been the opening of a 1,000 square-meter multi-brand franchising store called Zap in Milan’s Galleria Passarella. The group is made up of various franchised companies, each with specific functions, and has about 120 employees. The annual turnover is about 103 million euros for about 1 million items. The company has 8 showrooms in Italy and 10 elsewhere in Europe.

Zazous

Provocative French style and school of thought, circumscribed in German occupied Paris and Northern France from 1940 to 1944. It was a form of symbolic expression that summed up a whole world and way of thinking. The term comes from the name of an item of clothing, the American zoot suit, a fitted suit worn with high heels: the term was then reworked in French, and, inspired by the sound of jazz, it was translated onomatopoeically into “zazou-zazou-zazouhe.” Despite being a movement with a limited number of followers, it played a central role in French culture, and was a forerunner of the existentialist current. As a style, it started from dandyism and gradually took shape as a political tendency contemporary to the Vichy regime. Rather like French punks of the occupation, as the Zazous have been defined, they adopted a rather provocative way of dressing. Presenting themselves as extraneous to their contemporary reality, they were always seen wearing sunglasses and playing with yo-yos. The Zazous’ “uniform” consisted of a fitted suit with drainpipe pants and giant check patterns, and superfluous details like half-belts and raised shoulders. This was all worn with short white or mustard-colored socks and worn, deliberately unpolished, leather-soled shoes.

Zibeline

Wool fabric with a combed warp and a carded weft. Produced in plain colors, it is dyed in rolls on spiked frames.

Zebrato

Used to describe a pattern of irregular horizontal light-and-dark or black-and-white stripes that imitates the zebra’s coat.

Zohar

Trendy shop that mixes fashion, furnishings, and antiques, in Milan’s Via Brera. It opened in September 1999, selling silk ties, boxes, cases, leather goods, parchment, galuchat and zebra lampshades: all of the highest Italian craftsmanship. Even for the “antiques” (furniture from the 1920s to 1940s), the focus is still on unusual materials: parchment, galuchat, ceramic (craquelure), crystal, special woods (Macassar, venghè), ivory, crocodile, bone, and mother-of-pearl. In 2000 Salvatore Battello, the shop’s director, had the first “pieces” of furniture made: the “tagli&dettagli” chair, upholstered entirely with parchment and galuchat, and the “virgola” chair, upholstered with parchment. He also presented a Collection of vintage drapery, and, in collaboration with a dressmaker, made-to-measure dresses and shirts cut from exclusive fabrics. In 2001 the “happy hour” armchair was created in parchment and natural horsehair, or parchment and natural washi (a very high-tech Japanese fabric made from paper). That same year Zohar started producing furniture for important companies, in particular for a big American and international men’s fashion company. There has been a branch of Zohar in Rue Bonaparte in Paris since 2002.