"I started with this book about the architecture of fish," explained Shelly Steffee of the jumping off point for her drop dead gorgeous spring 2010 collection, which somehow manages to feel both soft and powerful. "I got really enamored by that - the transparency and the whitened, translucent layers - but it has a bit of edge to it."
Also edgy, and layered in a different way, are the ethnic face painting photos Steffee discovered in the book Desata Planeta, which informed the collection's prints and the textural byplay seen in sheer chiffon tops and elegant wrap dresses, which act as a lovely feminine foil to the more tailored vests, jackets and pants on offer.
Below are images of the spring 2010 collection, along with some behind-the-scenes snaps of Steffee's inspiration and mood boards. You can find our full review at VOGUE.COM.
Lookbook images courtesy Shelly Steffee
Other photos © The Fashion Informer/Lauren David Peden