The Flashiest Shorts on the Spring Runways

A compulsory pair of worn denim cut-offs will always be a wardrobe staple come summer, but spring runways gave us plenty of gussied-up alternatives that might make you rethink your Levi's.

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A compulsory pair of worn denim cut-offs will always be a wardrobe staple come summer, but spring runways gave us plenty of gussied-up alternatives that might make you rethink your Levi's. At Rag & Bone, Marcus Wainwright played around with Photoshop to get the digital print of these "boxer" shorts just right.
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Phillip Lim worked with cornflower blue leather to create these elaborate laser-cut shorts, which feature a meticulous floral motif.
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Rodarte went for a high-waisted 70's look by pairing their metallic brocade culottes with mock turtleneck tops.
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A terrific summer option for office-bound ladies, short-suits were a prominent theme on the runway this season. Cynthia Steffe presented a steel-blue variety finished with itty-bitty hot pants and serious platform heels.
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At Anna Sui, the designer's signature funky bohemian separates got a groovy update with tribal-inspired fabrics and Navajo prints.
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Rachel Comey worked with preppy staples for spring including her own take on a yacht-club staple: the madras short. Though it's difficult to make out here, the shorts feature a hand-drawn plaid pattern rather than the traditional quilted plaid fabrics.
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Karen Walker always churns out fresh interpretations of flimsy summer staples. These sporty drawstring shorts, for example, were executed in an interesting gray reptile pattern.
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Another chic short-suit appeared at Cynthia Rowley, this time in a preppy black-and-white plaid. Tennis, anyone?
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Our favorite shorts of the season appeared on Jean Paul Gaultier's catwalk, where a familiar denim short shape was made over with luxe black lace and silk chiffon ruching.
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Simultaneously high-tech and undone, Alex Wang's unusual spring shorts featured seemingly random straps, bandages, and metallic paneling.
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The pair of sweet cherry blossom shorts at Cushnie et Ochs would usher in the spring season without looking too girly.
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While they might be dangerously unflattering for most figures, Thakoon's purple, bubble-hem shorts were a runway favorite.
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