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Ronson gives her young customer a history lesson
Charlotte Ronson taps the past for her newest runway looks at NY Fashion Week
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Charlotte Ronson used the preview of her spring line as an opportunity to give her youthful customer a bit of a history lesson.

In the outfits that debuted Saturday on the catwalk at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, she drew references from the Victorian era, including a tan suede jacket with an asymmetrical front and high neck; the 1920s, dropped-waist dresses; and the "restless grunge decade" of the '90s ' that's where the denim fit in.

"There is a minimalist pulled back feeling to the collection, a dreamy airy lightness, punched up with vivid hues of molten lava, faded chambray, crisp whites and electric neons," said Ronson in her notes.

"Denim is treated in a new way, we color block, patchwork, bleach bandanna motifs on chambray and use an array of denim hues to create a water-colored plaid print."

She hit some of the main themes from New York Fashion Week and successfully tweaked them for her trend-conscious fan. She had the floral halter-neck, button-down top blending tangerine, yellow and black on white, and the cropped crocheted top paired with a maxi skirt.

"She's matured as a designer," said stylist Robert Verdi. "She's thinking much more."

With Ronson's background, including sister DJ Samantha in the booth for the show, she grew up like eclectic on-screen family "The Royal Tenenbaums," Verdi said.

"She has all this rich cultural texture, and is aware of history and art, and she's tuned into this as a designer," he said.

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