We spotted prairie girl-inspired looks--think Peter Pan collars, voluminous maxi dresses, and Americana plaid prints--on the fall 2011 runways of Steven Alan, Y-3, Rodarte, Marc Jacobs, and Chris Benz.
Though fashion folk have been stocking up on these styles, it's undeniable that the trend is pretty man-repelling. Recently, an outfit comprised of a sweater layered over a black maxi-skirt prompted one of our friends to dub us "Amish."
Luckily, for those of us hoping to give the look an edge and some sex appeal, former Project Runway runner-up Daniel Vosovic imagined what would happen if the prairie girl moved to New York City. The result is his fall collection. We recently got an up close and personal look.
Vosovic adorned shirts with Prince Albert rings straight from St. Mark's Place in the East Village. Black maxi dresses get slits that not only show ample leg, but reveal a mesh fabric underlay. From afar, light blue printed dresses appear dainty, but upon further inspection, one can see that the print is composed of sex masks. Bondage-like chokers are a twist on frilly Edwardian collars, and conservative neck and hemlines are contrasted by open backs. The collection is rounded out with lots of leather pieces, including bonnets.
Click through to view some highlights from the collection.