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The philosophy behind New York based designer Grace Sun's line is "Ladies Who Lunch on the Lower East Side", which sounds like a pretty good lifestyle to us. We dropped by Grace Sun's Spring 2011 Preview last night to check out her ultra-feminine designs with thoughtful accents and and prints (she comes from a graphic design background) and a playfully sexy feel.
Grace's inspiration this season is "soft armor" influenced by the recession and other depressing current events. "I just wanted to create clothes that are more protective," says Grace, as she points out a few looks. "You can see a screw print done in silk, so it's like hard-meets-soft. And the dresses—it's twisted and it's kind of like protective and one piece that hugs your body." She also showed us "the bull fighter dress in peach that is kind of protective, but not like hitting you over the head."
We admired the masculine-meets-feminine cuts of the leather ribbon-accented shorts and the pleated ruffle pants, plus the rocker screw-print graphic tees. The elegantly playful ivory and gold print romper also caught our eye. Click through the gallery after the jump for our five favorite pieces to look forward to for Spring and also five pieces available now, to carry you through the winter.
Georgette 3/4 Sleeve Long Top (Originally $193, Now $96.50)
- Beaded Tank Dress (Originally $325, Now $162)
Stitch Detail Top (Originally $171, Now $85.50)
- City Shorts (Originally $127, Now $36.80)
Wide Leg Pants (Originally $194, Now $48.50)
- Leather Ribbon Shorts (in brown and black $282 )
- Pull Over Tunic (in light grey and black $220)
- Jewel Print Romper ($288)
- Asymmetrical Dress in navy ($266)
- Ruffle Pants (in white, navy and black $220)
- Designer Grace Sun (left, in Grace Sun) and her sister, Fox 5 Reporter Julie Chang (left, in a Grace Sun top)