Dorhout Mees skipped the runway this season, but presented a small collection of limited-edition looks she had painted herself. The Dutch designer turned to still-lifes to inspire gowns in which the woman seemed to be pushing her way through a canvas from behind. The clothes evoked paintings at various stages of completion, suggesting a trip inside the artist’s studio.

The effect was delicate and ephemeral. Flowers painted on ultrasheer tulle floated sensually over the skin. Some gowns felt more like an art school project than ready-to-wear when seen on mannequins and the rack — but were alluring enough on the body.

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