Omar Salam, the founder and head designer of Sukeina, is a man with vision, and a master of the clean modern aesthetic many aspire to. His Spring 2014 collection called Porcelain is the melding of hard and soft. Such care was taken with each fold; many of the pieces look as if an architect designed them. The collection is ladylike and feminine mixed with naughty.

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A number of looks appeared to be made of soft burlap in natural, mixed with sheer. A knee length sheath dress, with bold horizontal stripes of soft burlap or muslin mixed with sheer wowed the crowd. It was followed by another dress with dramatic envelope folds. The designer used mostly neutrals, and black. They were accented with teals and reds in gorgeous paisley prints.

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There was plenty of peek-a-boo, but one can see how these dresses can be reinterpreted more modestly. The finale, a layered draped coat-dress moved down the runway as a walking sculpture. Salam designs for the modern Renaissance women, smart, sexy, and ready for business or pleasure.

The finale, a stunning layered and draped dress could be viewed as fashion, or art.

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By Meryl Ranzer

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