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America's Next Top Model

Model Fashion: Quintessential Designer Looks

Last week’s photo shoot might have looked like a challenge for some of the models, what with embodying fashion’s key designers. And while it’s certainly no easy task to portray another person, the challenge should not be knowing who the designer is in the first place. News flash: if you want to be a model, study fashion.

To prepare any of you aspiring models out there in need of a quick tutorial, we’ve boiled a few of the shoot’s designers down to their signature looks.

Betsey Johnson, for example, always delivers a flirty full-skirted collection with a hint of saloon and a dash of playground. Think party dresses for a girls’ night out.

Betsey Johnson
Shumaq plum taffeta belted 'Emmanuelle' strapless dress, $129; Mid Calf Lace Up Boot, $62.30, ASOS Pin Print Bright Floral Bangle, $8.62, Betsey Johnson set of 2 - black solid and floral tights, $20.

Christophe Decarnin at Balmain, on the other hand, brings a sexy, sophisticated power to his clothes. Black, hardware, leather and aggressive pieces are quintessential modern Balmain.

Girlfriend Blazer, $69; Kova & T Leslie vented jersey tank, $40.25; Veda black leather studded 'Mercury' mini skirt, $174.29; Women's Journee Collection Peep Toe Platform Heel Bootie, $39.99.

Vivienne Westwood is London’s punk queen and season after season finds a new way to put a spin on that theme. You can’t go wrong with a plaid dress, bright tights and a pair of funky — make that spunky — heels.

Vivienne Westwood
Marc New York slate plaid woven ruched sleeve dress, $99; Opaque tights, $12.50; KG by Kurt Geiger Women's Chase Double Buckle Court Shoe, $48.92.


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