A recent trip to Morocco triggered Lyn Devon’s interest in desert colors, pure lines and the symbolism of henna art, all of which she worked into her spring collection with a subtle hand. She grounded the exotic references in clean Sixties silhouettes, showing variations on shift dresses, whether classic or broken into neat cropped shells and skirts.

The elegant simplicity of the shapes drew attention to the surface interest, demonstrated with a beautiful, sporty ivory dress done in a textured rope-motif silk and worn with a tassel belt. An ivory linen coat was hand-painted in graceful white strokes along the seams.

Engaging the far-flung mystique of Marrakesh was new for Devon, who is usually loyal to her classic New York City roots, but the collection marked another first for her: “It’s the first time I’ve done black,” she said, holding up a pair of wide, cropped trousers paired with a crisp, cropped white shirt. Like a true New Yorker, she has the art of black down pat.

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