While New Yorkers are gearing up for a sneak peek of Fall '09 styles at February's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, independent designers all over the city are unveiling their spring collections. It can admittedly be a bit of drag to see a parade of more coats, sweaters, hats, and scarves while we're already cold and shivering, a fact which makes these spring shows all the more appreciated and promising. This sense of seasonal optimism was no exception at the Thuy Spring '09 Runway Show last Friday.
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Thuy Diep, a Vietnamese-born designer, brought the promise of a cheerful spring to our winter-weary eyes, with flowing, feminine dresses in eye-popping brights as well as softer pastels. The long, lean silhouettes and intricate detailing have been impeccably rendered in a collection that ranges from billowing, diaphanous evening gowns to chic and structured seperates . Spring may be a long time coming, but Thuy's designs have given us something to look forward to when the ground finally does thaw.