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Nicole Farhi turned to the French Impressionist Claude Monet for inspiration when she previewed her spring and summer collection for 2009 at London Fashion Week on Tuesday.

Many of the clothes–including dresses, belts, bras and shorts–drew their themes from Monet, the French painter who died in 1926, some decades after he was credited with helping found the influential Impressionist movement.

The clothes had a light, summery colorful feel set off by many of the floral patterns. There were also a number of striped dresses and variations on the traditional striped Navy sweaters.

Many of the shoes also had unusual flower motifs, giving outfits the look of a pastoral watercolor painting.

There was a uniform look to the show, with most of the models wearing their hair pulled back and only light makeup and lipstick, but one accessorized her outfit with a large "Obama for President" button.

All images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.