On September 10, I attended the Nautica Spring 2011 presentation at the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The theme was "spirit of the water" with inspiration derived from the American Southern Coast, and Nautica delivered with the sporty, nautical style that has made this megabrand famous. Looks were broken down into beachwear and casual attire. Madras plaid, boat shoes, and light blazers atop preppy polos abounded. The swimwear featured mostly bold primary colors like red and yellow, some colorblocking and flag prints, while the suit jackets, poplin shorts, button-downs and other sportswear spoke of spring in understated shades of red, white and blue with lots of plaid, tan, seersucker and the occasional pop of pink. It's a tough job, covering all these shows, but somebody's gotta do it.
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