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Azrouel showed off his tailoring skills in a belted white trench to a sexy, open-back crepe dress.

“This woman is strong. She knows what she wants _ and she knows how to wear clothes well,” Azrouel said in a pre-show interview.

There certainly was no embellishment to hide behind: The opening look was a light tan-colored, button-down dress with side slits and a white, collarless jacket.

Other noteworthy outfits included an all-white matte satin dress with a plunging V halter neck, open back and drawstring waist, and slim tuxedo-style pantsuit with an optic white grosgrain ribbon on the lapel.

The sex appeal came from sheer fabrics and unexpected slits that showed a lot of leg as models turned the corner of the runway, but lengths were long and nothing too tight.

“Skin is important to show, but at the same time, I don’t think a woman has to show her skin to be provocative. She has to show her personality,” Azrouel said. “I like the idea of cover and layer _ and doing what’s unexpected.”


Miller’s collection seemed aimed at a downtown, 20-something woman, with many references to street chic, from bicycle clothing to messenger bags to bomber jackets. Above all, there was color _ bold bursts of it.

“It’s no longer black with a little color,” she said. “It’s color, with a little black.”

Asked her influences, she mentioned “the whole bicycle thing _ I got really interested in vintage bicycle clothing. And skateboarding, and Formula One.”

Yet there was some delicacy, too, with one of the biggest hits a gray and peach beaded dress with graceful cutouts in back.

A super-bright patchwork print was one visual theme _ it appeared first on leggings, then on a silk print blouse _ circa 1980, the design notes specified _ then on a silk skirt with stripes, and then, most bracingly, on an entire, eye-popping jumpsuit, circa 1985.

One would have to be young, thin and gorgeous to pull that one off _ even more so, perhaps, to pull off two sheer applique tanks that proudly displayed the wearer’s breasts.

Models wore multicolored fishskin shoes, sandals and boots.


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