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#1: LITE-BRITE

Bright bursts of neon and other zesty hues lit up the runway this season, from highlighter yellow fluorescent green.

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Mara Hoffman featured retina-scorching neons with a tribal twist.

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Leanne Marshall delivered gravity-defying architectural gowns in scorching combos of ivory, lavender, and highlighter yellow.

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Did Duro Olowu crib inspiration from a box of Sharpies?

NEXT TREND: GOING NATIVE >

#2: GOING NATIVE

Whether Navajo, African, or West Indian, ethnic prints continue to be bang on trend.

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You can take Gretchen Jones out of the Southwest, but you can’t take the Southwest out of Gretchen Jones.

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Suzanne Rae drew from 19th century Japanese motifs.

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At EDUN, designer Sharon Wauchob paid homage to the label’s African provenance.

NEXT TREND: TRUE ROMANCE >

#3: TRUE ROMANCE

Dreamy, ladylike silhouettes are the antithesis of Hollywood’s yen for baring all.

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Throw on some Cole Porter; Costello Tagliapietra’s fluid dresses are strong yet sensual.

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A soft yellow wrap dress with Eastern influences—quite a departure for no-holds-barred Suno.

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Suzanne Rae’s artfully draped gown is a class act.

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A vision of frills and flounces at Leanne Marshall.

NEXT TREND: SHINE ON >

#5: LUXE SAFARI

It’s a jungle out there, so keep your cool with safari-inspired cuts and faux animal accents.

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Organic by John Patrick is ready for high adventure on the Serengeti.

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A utility blazer by Chris Benz goes incognito in camo and foil.

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Take a walk on the wild side with Duro Olowu’s leopard-print pant.

NEXT TREND: PAINTED LADIES >

#6: PAINTED LADIES

Clad in exuberant prints, this season’s dresses are worth framing.

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The Costello Tagliapietra boys delivered whimsical florals inspired by American painter Georgia O ‘Keefe.

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Vermillion washes of color and daubs of pale yellow make EDUN’s edgy-chic dress impossible to ignore.

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Duro Olowu’s paneled work of art got its groove from Patti Smith, ’60s ska, ’70s dub-reggae, and ’30s French torch music.