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Erin Barr brought just the right amount of sexy to her first fashion week runway show with a range of ultra-feminine looks in figure flattering silhouettes. Her pieces hugged the body in luxe fabrics like silk, sateen and jersey. Black and neutral tones were offset by vibrant pops of lavender and shades of ice blue to forest green.

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And there were cutouts, slits and slashes galore. Skirts were sliced open up to thigh level, some with sheer paneling for a more modest approach. Keyhole cutouts and spaghetti straps adorned tops to expose just enough cleavage or a peek of the midsection without revealing too much. A black and white printed jacket was all business in the front, with a diamond-shaped hole in the back, showing just a hint of skin.

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For the Wisconsin native, this subtle sensuality was intentional. “I just have this idea of this strong woman,” she says. “She’s sexy and she’s confident. Maybe a bit of a tomboy. She can go both ways.” Barr also admits to her love of slits. “It’s sort of a problem. I have to control myself sometimes.”

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The former hair and makeup artist, who was inspired by the women in her life, wanted to create layerable pieces that can transition from season to season. Take, for instance, a black and white crop top that can be worn alone or over a white button down shirt. The pieces in her line have a definite long-lasting appeal as does the woman herself. Barr was named by Elle Magazine as one of fashion week’s “Next Big Things.” It will be interesting to see what the future holds for this talented, young designer.

– Angela Thomas

Photos via MAO PR