Runway Report: Suno

Fresh off a CFDA win Suno went back to their roots for Spring '14, showing Kanga prints contrasted against more disciplined monotone looks.

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Suno at NY Fashion Week
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For spring, Suno's Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty—fresh off their win at the CFDA—decided to go back to their roots. The Kenyan Kanga prints that gave their debut collection five years ago its bouncy, global flavor returned this season, but paired with a startling number of monotone looks like this white pop-over and tennis ready skirt.
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For a more modern contrast, the Suno designers offered up floaty sundresses with a faint, smoldering-ember sheen. We're also keen on the sandals, produced in collaboration with Nicholas Kirkwood—a strappy confection of shiny color blocking.
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To further their "safari" theme, models were sent down the runway with oversized straw toppers finished with punchy patterns to match the ready-to-wear.
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Some of the looks were downright ladylike, including this wrap-around sundress in a bold black and white floral, perfectly suited to hot afternoons spent sipping lemonade on the veranda.
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Full, breezy skirts like this edition in blue and white stripe were among our favorites from the spring '14 line-up.
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For whatever reason, we immediately thought of downtown style-setters like Chloe Sevigny when we saw this short floral-print jumper and crisp white blouse.
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Intricate cut-outs along the shoulder and neck added edge to a sweet daisy print shift. For extra interest, the designers sewed a hint of shimmer to the hem.
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More convincing, however, were the designers' simpler silhouettes like this round-shouldered mini-dress—an easy chic wardrobe staple to carry a woman from desk to dinner.
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That same woven pattern made an appearance on a cropped pair of trousers, which were paired with a short silvery jacket finished with laser-cut details.
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Practical features—like the deep pockets sewn into this breezy white sundress—demonstrate the designers' closeness to their customer (if we had it our way, it would be mandated that pockets sewn onto every skirt, dress and trouser in creation).
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