Fruit Prints and Island-Perfect Patterns on the Runway

From island-inspired prints to juicy fruit motifs, designers tapped into Carmen Miranda's "Chiquita Banana" chic for spring.

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Hawaiian punch and "aloha" allure were all over the runways this season. From island-inspired prints to juicy fruit motifs (think Carmen Miranda's famous Tutti Frutti hat), many designers seemed to be tapping into breezy hula girl style for spring. In particular, Stella McCartney's bright citrus print shift dresses looked good enough to pluck off the vine.
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Miuccia Prada allowed her cheeky sense of humor take center stage for her spring collection, which included an entire banana-print wardrobe, complete with pants, jackets, dresses—even banana jewelry.
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Hawaiian leis and bright tropical flowers ruled the runway at Christian Dior, which presented a collection of '40s-inspired ensembles meant to evoke World War II islanders.
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Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty of Suno are experts when it comes to bold and bright prints, but their lemon and pomegranate skirts were particular favorites among the fashion week buyers.
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Rochas' yellow flower print pantsuit needs little more than sunglasses and a bamboo parasol to complete the outrageous, fun-in-the-sun ensemble.
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Amy Winehouse's capsule collection for Fred Perry centered around classic Americana and retro tattoo culture. Shrunken Hawaiian shirts like this cherry-red edition would pair perfectly with summery cut-off shorts.
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Henry Holland's graphic palm leaf and floral prints looked as if they walked straight out a steamy South American jungle.
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Milly's vivacious orange blossom prints exemplified head-to-toe "Chiquita Banana" chic. Loud yellow jewelry and an off-the-shoulder sundress might have been pulled directly from Carmen Miranda's wardrobe.
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Eye-catching florals at Nanette Lepore evoke a sunny island escape.
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Almost every outfit on Marc Jacobs' spring runway was accessorized by an exotic hibiscus hair-pin or woven straw hat.
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Even Oscar de la Renta got into the island swing, and sent out a series of loud, flower-power gowns accented by poufy pink shrugs or brightly-colored jackets.
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At Erdem, butterflies and blooming floral prints create a cheerful summer look best suited to a garden party or remote jungle vacation.
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Dries Van Noten knows his way around a sunny flower print, but his spring 2011 collection gave them an islander twist by rendering them on belted silk kimonos and chiffon sundresses.
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At Naeem Khan, a single sequined hibiscus flower create a focal point on his attention-demanding yellow evening gown.
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Candy-colored prints and poppy patterns were combined to maximum effect at Alice & Olivia, which styled their spring collection with casual head wraps and bold platform sandals.
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Jets by Jessika Allen
Australian swim designer Jessika Allen looked to tropical fruits and flowers for her collection of girly spring swimwear. View the complete collection at Jets by Jessika Allen.
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