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Associated Press Writer, New York

Inspiration comes from all sorts of sights, sounds and experiences – fashion designers say that all the time. Apparently, Isaac Mizrahi took his from the insect world with a spring collection previewed Monday named "Swarm" and dresses in the spirit of dragonflies, beetles, even cockroaches.

Mizrahi had his tongue in his cheek working on these outfits, but he also offered some serious fashion on a custom-built stage at the Hammerstein Ballroom, including a draped gown covered in orange pailettes – that was the glitterpillar – and the white-on-while jacquard leopard-moth sheath dress. The white beetlebride gown, with a wrap-style top and full white ballskirt, would look stunning at a garden wedding.

A coatdress and big-shirt jacket in the "squash-cricket" print, tiny splatters of yellow and green on a white background, and a dragonfly wingsilk coatdress in dark green with black stitching and lime green lining were wearable daytime styles.

Many of the silhouettes had corset tops, a New York Fashion Week trend, and many of the white outfits were worn with Day-Glo unitards underneath. The most classic Mizrahi look was the beekeeper’s dress, with a tight bustier top and a pouffy skirt with alternating tiers of fabric and netting.

But then there were the shapeless, unfortunate dresses named pupas.

All images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.

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