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There were sheer panels at side seams in several dresses, including one in midnight blue, and patch pockets on others in black and military green, including one with short sleeves worn by Beckham herself.

“This is my fun side,” Beckham said before one of several small seatings. “It’s what I wear for the other half of my life. I have four kids. I really do like to have fun.”


Stacey Bendet, founder and designer of Alice and Olivia, predicts a breath of fresh air this spring.

No gloom and doom for her. The styles she offered up for next season at a preview Monday were unabashedly happy, colorful and made to put a smile on the wearer’s face _ no questions asked.

“I started with the whole concept of going back to the American dream,” Bendet said. “I wanted a return to optimism and feeling good.”

Basically, Bendet was looking for an excuse to have a party. Where else would one wear a sparkly red-and-white squiggle-pattern bustier and flared miniskirt, or a silver halter dress with an open back and full skirt?

She mined the 1950s and its feminine silhouettes and bright colors for inspiration, so the collection has its share of swinging hemlines and bustiers. There were updates, though, including digital floral prints and a peach leather motocross jacket.


Pop star Avril Lavigne, the designer, promises a “badass” wedding dress she might make herself when she marries Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger.

“Either it’s something I’m going to design, or partner up with, collaborate with another designer,” she told reporters Monday after presenting the spring collection of her Abbey Dawn clothing line.

Kylie Jenner was the last to walk, in red, ultra-short shorts with garters attached and a black leather and lace biker jacket.

Lavigne’s rocked-out clothes for spring include human skeletons in black on the front of stretchy, striped dresses and in white on others. Lavigne also used skulls in black lace on jackets and at the hems of minis.


AP Writers Leanne Italie and Jocelyn Noveck contributed to this report.

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