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AP Fashion Writer, New York

Julie Haus staged her first-ever runway show Friday as part of New York Fashion Week, attracting a front row that included Molly Sims, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Leighton Meester.

Meester, of TV’s "Gossip Girl," was wearing a magenta version of a dress shown in blue on the catwalk. It was one of the best looks of the collection. It had a ruffled halter neck and bare back–really lovely.

Haus, however, didn’t offer as many of her signature dainty cocktail dresses as one would expect.

Haus said in her notes that this was a rebel collection, one inspired by women "unwilling to conform." The theme was "not a wallflower."

The young woman Haus imagines is confident enough to see the world on her own, borrowing bits of her look from Japan, China, New York and Paris. She wears rock ‘n’ roll T-shirt dresses, 1980s Day-Glo colors and also a pretty pastel mini trench coat.

Haus sees her muse as "a risk taker fashion-wise. She mixes and matches pieces for a look that’s truly her own."

Photos courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.