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Vanessa Bruno

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BOHO BALLERINA

Paris: Functional, elegant, and breezy, the looks presented by Vanessa Bruno in her F/W 2010 show would suit the lifestyle and tastes of a ballet dancer — or someone who just wants to look like one. The designer opened the show with what would be the base layer of most of the ensembles to come: soft leotards worn with yoga pants, tights, leg-warmers and surplice-wrap bandeau bras. Piled over the gentle underpinnings were heavy sweater coats and gutsy outerwear made from leather and sheepskin, including a Bonnie Cashin-esque cheery red leather coat. Lace-up fur-trimmed ankle boots and furry teddy bear coats made the lightweight knit activewear pieces look especially winter-ready. Laid-back leather shorts looked hip and carefree when worn with baggy sweaters and loose blouses, accessorized 70s-style wide-brimmed hats, also in leather. Pretty silk blouses and peasant dresses mixed nicely with the knit hosiery for fancy hippie looks; casual leggings and tights looked polished with tailored chiffon pants or shorts layered on top. The image presented was cool, comfortable, and still pretty, which will appeal to fans of both sporty and sweet.

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