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Marimekko Spring 2013

If you've ever shopped at Ikea or Crate & Barrel, then you're probably familiar with Marimekko, the Finnish makers of happy prints that seem to invite onlookers to smile. My friend Mary Hall aka The Recessionista couldn't make it to New York to cover the show so she graciously invited me to attend on her behalf (no small gesture since Fashion Week invites are so hard to procure). I'm so glad she did because it turned out to be one of my favorite shows - relaxed and upbeat with a feeling of egalitarianism, from the colorful palette to the models (legends like Carol Alt, Carmen Dell’Orefice, and Pat Cleveland represented women of all ages). Tropical prints popped on loose tunics while graphic patchwork designs played on breezy sundresses. The funky Marimekko x Converse sneaker collection also made its debut. Comfort and style, what more could you want? For more coverage and show photos, visit

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