Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Julian Louie’s deep-sea divers from seasons past found themselves on land for spring, caught in the midst of a desert storm and finding their way towards a cool oasis. Inspired by sunset as seen from an airplane window, Louie made a bold statement in his first look with a stunning combination of to-die-for ultrasuede trousers and a bright apricot moiré tank. From there, the palette gradually faded to the barest hints of mint, lemon, petal pink, and finally white. His trademark precise scuba-inspired lines took on a softer edge with loose-fitting, airy fabrics and delicate curve and wedge shapes. The uncomplicated silhouettes had just the right amount of embellishment to keep them interesting: pintucks, cascading strips of fabric mixed with pearls, tulle ruffles, and Swarovski crystals in surprising places. In his strongest collection to date, Louie presented a fresh take on many of the trends seen this season and struck the perfect balance between wearability and innovation.
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