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Nada Shepherd has been designing since 2001, but it was her spring 2008 mermaid-inspired Fashion Week debut last October that turned the industry on to her talent.
“I knew I wanted to go in the opposite direction for fall,” says Shepherd. So those flowing water-nymph frocks have been replaced with references to 80s prime-time soap Dynasty and all its soft-focus, teased-out glamour.
She’s ditched the shoulder pads and inset slashes of fuchsia and royal blue on svelte coats and LBDs accented with exposed zipper tape, grids of metal studs and asymmetrical belts. Powerful prints cheekily teeter on the edge of good taste.
“I don’t think I’ve crossed that line,” says Shepherd. “But some people might think I have.”