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FORCES OF NATURE

New York: While designers’ inspiration can oft be heady and obscure, up-and-comer Frank Tell cited the Spanish moss and ivy from the Quai Branly Museum in Paris as his main point of reference, which was most evident in his patchy, deconstructed knit tunics and dresses.  A restrained palette of black, white, mint and navy allowed the innovative materials – including embossed croc lambskin, bamboo, silk suiting and openwork knits constructed from paper, mohair and even grass – to stand out.  Leather leggings paired with a blazer struck the perfect balance between tough and chic, while a delicate tiered cocktail dress offered a more feminine option. Tell surrounded himself with some reputable talent for this Spring collection, and the team effort was nothing to scoff at. Chunky arrowhead earrings by CFDA nominated jewelry designer Pamela Love and futuristic wedge booties by Raphael Young topped of the 15 looks, which were expertly styled by City Magazine’s Julie Ragolia.

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