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AP Fashion Writer, New York
There was something for the nice girl – as well as something for the naughty one – on the Abaete catwalk Saturday.
Designer Laura Poretzky described her spring collection, shown to editors, stylists and retailers at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, as the "dichotomy of the two sides of a woman." A cute chambray sundress with a ruffled front and petticoat underneath shared the runway with skintight bodysuits with mesh side panels.
Abaete also furthered some trends that appear to be on the horizon: corset-style dresses, one-shoulder tops and killer gladiator platform sandals. Poretzky’s version, which will be available at Payless, had a zipper on the back of the ankle to give a hard-rock edge to the shoe.
"The Abaete girl this season is daring, confident and ambitious," Poretzky wrote in her notes.
Her muse wears everything from mod dresses with contrasts of black and white with pops of bright sorbet colors, to flirty shirred skirts that barely reached the middle of the thigh. Two complementary dresses – one strapless, the other one-shouldered – were perfect for a night on the town, they were pleated in haphazard rows of blue and white, and tangerine and strawberry.
Also noteworthy were some of the suit jackets, including a white one that had ruched sleeves, giving that casual-cool effect that many women try to achieve on their own by pushing up their sleeves just do. Doing it Poretzky’s way means you can move your arms.


You couldn’t do much, however, in some of the bodysuits. They were worn as a romper but the models never had to sit or bend down, yet because of gathered fabric at the hip-level hemline, you also couldn’t incorporate them into an outfit.

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