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Cut it Out

"The woman is the most perfect doll that I have dressed with delight and admiration."
                                                           -Karl Lagerfeld

Another September, another fashion week. Models have begun to walk the runways of New York sporting fresh spring/summer 2014 designs. One trend that seems to be holding strong from 2013 collections is cut outs. Here are three of my favorite dresses with the cut out or peekaboo design element from this summer, made by Stella McCartney, Versace, and Cushnie Et Ochs. 

Another trend that seems to be sticking for next spring is black and white ensembles. Rather than the candy-coated pastels we saw back in 2012, the first designers to show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week have focused on the contrasting hues. The following new designs for spring/summer 2014 are by rag & bone, Helmut Lang, and Jason Wu.

I made a dress using a retro floral cotton fabric and paired it with a black fabric. The airiness of the sheer peekaboos at the waist is perfect for those hot summer days. After selecting a slinky black jersey and Anna Sui floral lace from Mood Fabrics, I sewed another dress with peekaboo detailing.

It's always fun to see repeat trends from a past season recreated in a new, innovative way, but let's hope the upcoming shows at fashion week have a few surprises for us as well.