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Dawid Tomaszewski often leans on the ornate and embellished side of elegance. This season, however, he toned down the glitz with appealing results. Taking as his inspiration a black-framed wicker and tubular steel chair designed by modernist furniture designer Marcel Breuer, Tomaszewski interpreted a latticed wicker pattern in a print, for a crochet and in appliqué work. Open-weave crochet leggings, for example, peeked out from underneath dhoti pants and dresses. The designer’s patterned and neutral evening caftans, lanyard-cinched gowns and trim dresses felt modern, elegant, and — in a new territory for Tomaszewski — relaxed.

This story first appeared in the July 11, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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