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Candela was my first show of New York Fashion Week, and the tropical presentation was the perfect way to introduce me to Spring/Summer 2012. The clothes were feminine, colorful and easy-to-wear. Military accents lent a utilitarian vibe to lace, silks and embroidery in colors that popped against the palm frond background.

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Some of my favorite pieces were a multi-colored, embroidered mesh mini dress with bright blues, oranges, pinks... everything you want to pull out of your closet in the spring. I'm not one for rompers, but an olive silk crepe number with beaded glass detail was also very captivating. These are beautiful, wearable clothes that conjure a lifestyle of tropical luxury in this setting.