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When so many designers are being post-apocalyptic and deconstructionist and avant-garde and a bit emo about the economy, sometimes it's refreshing to see someone making clothes that are just really, really pretty. Koi Suwannagate's Spring 2010 collection was inspired by "love" and "flowers," and you don't get much more classically pretty or "feminine" than that.
The romantic looks take advantage of Suwannagate's signature arty craftsmanship, including hand embroidery, hand-crocheted buttons and flowers, and traditional woven Thai fabrics. WWD says she approached the Thai government for help procuring local talent, like artist Nipon Sinewngam, who painted the lotus print on a dramatic off-the-shoulder gown worn by a gorgeous redhaired model.
The flower-shaped bodice on that look was made of Thai look keaw woven silk, and Sinewngam's painted lotus print on the draped silk skirt was a bit Prada spring 2008, but may be a bit more accessible.
A series of Grecian draped, crinkled chiffon gowns with halter necks and loose, off-the-shoulder chiffon swags are red-carpet looks that say "serious actress" more than "It Girl with a stylist." We'd buy one in every color for Susan Sarandon.
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