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On The Runway: Aussie Designer Willow Steps Into The Tents

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Even though Melbourne, Australia is attempting to brand itself as a fashion capital, designer Kit Willow showed her eponymous line in the Bryant Park tents yesterday evening, and all without a single Aussie accent hitting our ears.

Under the hot lights, we saw all of the recurring trends: strong shoulders, whites and creams replacing the black of winter, and extra-short skirts. Instead of the studding and metal embellishment we've seen over and over this past week, Willow however went the organic route of mother-of-pearl pieces, using them to create several looks reminiscent of armor, complete with the structural rounded shoulders that Balenciaga so loves to do. This makes complete sense considering that her inspiration is the Great Barrier Reef.

In the audience, we spied dandy Patrick MacDonald and Fern Mallis, head of IMG Fashion, who was also sporting a cardigan of subdued iridescent sequins. It was a small show, in the Salon at the tents, which means we got some pretty sweet pictures. Just check out those shoes; leather booties aren't going anywhere, hot weather of spring/summer 2010 be damned.
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