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“That’s the duality of the Edun girl _ soft but edgy,” Hewson said after the show. “This time, we wanted to take the intimacy of the bedroom out to the street. So for example you have cargo pants _ but in silk.”

Edun was founded in 2005 by Bono and Hewson to promote change through a trading relationship with Africa. The Edun shows are big draws for fellow celebs, often musicians. On Saturday, singer Alicia Keys was on hand, as well as R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe.

“I love sexy clothes, so this was good for me,” Keys said after the show.


Designer Jill Stuart says spring is her favorite season, and she tried to convey that in a runway collection that celebrated lightness and femininity.

That’s what Stuart does these days: pretty clothes that don’t reinvent the wheel. There was a delicate white lace tea-time dress, and lingerie-inspired silk tap pants with a bustier top covered by a trench. A high-neck, bone-colored blouse was made of lace and dotted with flower appliques, and a seafoam-green, one-shouldered dress with a keyhole cutout on the top and a pleated skirt gave the catwalk a shot of color.

She is aiming for “timeless, elegant dresses that are always capturing the season,” Stuart said backstage, but that could really be worn anytime. “I want to wear the black lace dress that’s opening the show right now, tonight.” (She has a dinner date with her daughter.)


Rebecca Taylor’s muse for the spring season is the city girl _ normally quite content where she is _ who allows herself to dream of that tropical vacation from time to time.

On the runway, Taylor transported her to Hawaii. Of course, this urban dweller doesn’t have board shorts. She packs a coral-colored hibiscus print T-shirt dress with sexy cutouts.

The collection also included soft, washed denim pieces contrasted with silk ones studded with jewels. When this girl touches back home and is ready to return to work, Taylor offered her a textured turquoise leather jacket, black dotted bra top and flirty black knit skirt.

“I think sexy is changing. Strong is a good way for a woman to feel sexy _ not overtly feminine, but not the power shoulder of the `80s and `90s,” Taylor said before the show. “I’m not quite going there.”


Some of his fashionista fans and “Project Runway” followers may not know this, but Christian Siriano danced ballet when he was younger, as did his sister.

And so, when the designer was seeking inspiration for his latest collection, he found it in ballet, specifically in American Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Dream,” which evokes a sumptuous fairy-tale world filled with pastel-colored tulle. “I was feeling very romantic,” he said in a backstage interview.

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