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As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week begins, the fashion forecast looks tropical
As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week begins, the fashion forecast looks tropical

Sketches from the world's top designers show a movement for spring 2014 collections toward island prints, airy fabrics and flowy silhouettes — a stark change from the darker hues and overarching Russian themes found in the fall collections shown in February. When models hit the New York runways beginning Sept. 5 for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, many will wear garments with decidedly tropical influences. The islands inspired Annapolis native and "Project Runway" alum Christian Siriano's collection, for example. Siriano will unveil his collection Sept. 7 at Eyebeam Atelier in New York City. Designer Mara Hoffman, who typically deals in ethnic prints each...

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