By Debra Simon


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The commanding attitude displayed on Big Apple catwalks is perfectly suited for women heading for their RTP offices in the morning, downtown Raleigh in the evening and the Streets at Southpoint on the weekends.


In previous issues, we covered trends including Inspired by the Man, Get Your Bloom On, Eye-popping Colors, Mad About Plaid and Glitter Girls. Here are more of the fierce looks demanding "take me home" from Triangle department stores and boutiques.


Ruffles, Feathers & Fringe

At once playful and feminine, these embellishments add an overlay of intrigue to any ensemble. The adornment (faux, please) has nothing to do with fragility and everything to do with the confidence of movement.


Arts & Crafts

A patchwork of folklore, quilting and western motifs is described by the fashion-forward as "Americana." It finds inspiration in the pastoral while trading on the season's penchant for mixing up textures, materials and colors.




Photos courtesy Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week