Sometimes, beauty can be found in devastation. Such is the case for Julie Haus, who was inspired by the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy. Walking around the ghost town that was downtown Manhattan last fall, the designer stumbled onto a new kind of beauty. Her collection for Haus Alkire included a “banksia flower” pattern on long, pleated skirts and frocks that was shot by her husband while they were living by candlelight and a “dream tree” print that appeared on shirts and trousers. The designer also worked with exotic skins such as eel skin on tops, fur trim on outerwear and lizard collars on dresses.

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