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Associated Press Writer, New York

Easy and breezy won the day at Doo.Ri on Wednesday, when the likes of actress Molly Sims and tennis star Serena Williams came to see the diminutive Korean-American designer’s spring 2009 collection.

And Doo-Ri Chung, who is known for her beautifully draped ready-to-wear jersey, didn’t disappoint.

She sent down a solid collection of comfortable slouchy sportswear in muted colors like nudes and grays, all accented with shocks of hot pink, neon coral, emerald green and royal blue.

Formfitting dresses in blue and green had neon yellow piping that followed the body’s curves, and blue blouses with ruffles and tiers at the sides were tamed with gray patent belts with wide futuristic buckles.

Her handiwork with pleats, macrame, drapes and ruchings of all kind seemed to get better with each piece, though a short, pink silk halter dress made an impression early in the show.

She also offered sweet cape details for the backs of a belted gray dress and a sheath with Swarovski crystal details. The shiny accents also showed up in the show’s last pieces, making Chung’s jersey sleeveless tops and halter dresses more evening appropriate.

In addition to her signature pleated bubble shorts, now in khaki and a dressier watery sea green, Chung showed pants in jersey and twill that were the love child of jodphurs and leggings. The bottoms were loose and slouchy but tapered tight around the ankle, ending with a banded hem. It’s sure to be on the wish list of every fashion editor, along with much of this forward-looking and wearable collection.

Photos courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.