High-Plains Style on the Runway

Slip into a pair of work boots and hit the thrift store for a sweeping pleated skirt: Frontierswomen ensembles were a major theme on the runways, from classic denim overalls to Victorian-looking lace collars.

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Slip into a pair of work boots and hit the thrift store for a sweeping pleated skirt: Frontierswomen ensembles were a major theme on the runways, from classic denim overalls to Victorian-looking lace collars. Naturally, a little "prairie chic" is always in style at Ralph Lauren, which paired crisp white collars with brown bowler caps and vintage leather satchels.
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Erdem can always be counted on to deliver lots of lace, and their prim white cocktail dresses for spring felt a little like Laura Engels Wilder's "Sunday Best" (though admittedly, her Sunday outfit likely had three feet more skirt length).
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For spring, Anna Sui explored her usual boho design references but combined them with a decidedly High Plains twist. Ruffled smocks and Indian-inspired jewelry drove home a dusty western mood.
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Even some of Rodarte's blue-plaid and gingham-check ensembles felt like they were culled from a TV-adaptation "Little House on the Prairie."
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Oscar de la Renta's pretty tweed day dresses wouldn't have been out of place home on the range—though we cringe to think of one being worn to milk a cow.
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Rochas' swishy-skirted sundresses in cornflower blue were practical yet chic, accented with dainty black sun hats and silk stockings.
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Ditto Rachel Comey's skirt-n-workshirt ensembles (our term, not hers), which paired a prairie-appropriate gingham check with a warm shade of taupe.
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Like Comey, Karen Walker showed printed cotton blouses buttoned all the way to the top with soft pleated skirts. Long, fuss-free hair made the look feel approachable and down to earth rather than old fashioned.
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Jean Paul Gaultier opted for full-on cowboy style for Hermes' spring collection, each look styled with a wide-brimmed cap and heavy-duty work gloves.
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Classic western overalls experienced a rebirth this season, and nobody did the look better than Vena Cava, who paired theirs with feminine silk blouses and work-ready head wraps.
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Behnaz Sarafpour showed a more simple take on the overall trend with a clean buttoned-up blouse and slicked-back bun. This model looks as though she just came back from a Walker Evans photo shoot.
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