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Ennio Capasa, the designer of Costume National, is thinking of sailing away this season, and he’s basing his cruise collection on seafaring and nautical looks. But the shapes and details he chooses are anything but traditional, and include porthole dresses, Empire waists and silk houndstooth.

Holly Dunlap of Hollywould also looked to the ocean for inspiration this season, but she took a more literal tack. With underwater-print dresses and seashell-charm embellishments, these looks have just the right mix of charm and kitsch for the Palm Beach cocktail crowd.

Meanwhile, Edoardo Mantelli, the creative director of Tocca, looked to the sights, sound and soul of Mexico for inspiration. From sweet little peasant dresses to voluminous embroidered skirts, this charming collection is a step in the right direction. Elsewhere, Michelle Smith, the designer behind the sweet contemporary Milly label, launched a full swim collection. Inspired by Acapulco in the Sixties, Smith turned out plenty of colorful printed suits, tunics and her signature dresses. And Brian Wolk and Claude Morais of Ruffian channeled an Asian exoticism for their first cruise collection. Beaded hibiscus flowers adorn a strapless cotton and silk dress as well as several silk satin numbers.

–Photos by John Aquino and George Chinsee

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