Sartorially, the feeling of ease that dominated many runways was amplified by the popularity of blondemodels. Established beauties Abbey Lee and Iris Strubegger updated their looks this season withlightened locks, while golden girls like Frida Gustavsson, Daphne Groeneveld, Kasia Struss, GintaLapina and Britt Maren were this year’s designer darlings. “Blonde is identified with sunny things,”says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “It’s warm and optimistic, andpeople are trying to get that feeling of optimism in difficult times.”

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