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Jill Stuart's 'endangered species' style

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A model

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A model walks the runway at the Jill Stuart Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG) Credit: Getty/Peter Michael Dills

Jill Stuart has got the environment and endangered species on the brain, offering up a slew of feminine dresses and separates with abstract prints featuring eagles, owls, foxes, birch trees -- a whole national parks homage.  The images look painted, and are certainly eye-catching -- the most inventive patterns we've seen at the tents so far.  But it does beg the question:  How many people will really want to wear pieces with eagles soaring across their chest?

Other dresses (some dropped-waist, giving a vaguely vintage feel, many with scads of narrow pleats) offer surprise panels of suede, leather or other glistening fabric.  All in Southwest shades: from hellfire red and burgundy to caramel, salmon, dusky pink and gold. 

One of the best:  a sleeveless shift dress in butterscotch leather up top, with a dropped waist and pleated red suede on bottom. Throw on one of her comfy camel coats and you're good to go.

 

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