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Desigual fall 2014 collection
Models had a fun time at the Desigual runway show. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Desigual fall 2014 collection
Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel walked the runway at the Deisgual runway show Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Desigual fall 2014 collection
Desigual was among the top fashion week shows to feature a diverse group of models. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Desigual fall 2014 collection
Desigual fall 2014 collection
Desigual fall 2014 collection

NEW YORK — Who says winter clothes have to look drab?

Desigual, the Barcelona-based clothing line available at a strategically-placed shop in Terminal C at Bush Intercontinental Airport, offers a collection for next fall and winter that is bright and sunny. "With love comes levity, and this winter feels brighter and less baroque," the Spanish design team explained in runway program notes.

  "With love comes levity, and this winter feels brighter and less baroque." 

The collection, dubbed "La Vida Es Chula" (Life is Cool), pays tribute to the city of Gaudí, with a collection of mod-inspired mini-dresses, skirts and tops in kaleidoscope colors — violet, navy, hunter green, burgundy, orange — and shapes.

Indeed, some of the looks veer toward gaudy, with bold colors and op-art illustrations, but the models, among them Victoria's Secret favorite Candice Swanepoel, seem to be having so much fun, blowing kisses and cavorting on the catwalk,  that the clothes fit right into the spirit of a fun-filled time in a swingin' big city.

For the fashion-conscious trendsetter who wants to get noticed, the collection includes furry angora mini-shorts, a maxi-dress illustrated with faces on a polka dot background, pink raincoats in iridescent satin and sequined skirts for serious party going. 

During fashion week, Desigual got a lot of attention for showcasing one the most ethnically diverse group of models at a runway show. In an article titled "Diversity Talks, But White Faces Walk" on the website Jezebel, writer Katie Dries noted that fashion runways remain largely devoid of minorities.

New York Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2014 might have brought fresh styles, but the faces weren't anything new. After crunching the numbers on 148 shows, we can report that of 4,621 looks, only 985 were worn by models of color. That means that of all the models who walked this past week, 78.69% of them were white. While that number is slightly smaller than last season, it still hovers around 80 percent, which has been roughly the percentage of looks worn by white models for the past six seasons."

Dries noted that Desigual, Diane von Furstenberg, Bibhu Mohapatra, Pamella Roland, Naeem Khan, Zac Posen and Tracy Reese were among the handful of runway shows that showcased a large number of ethnically diverse models.

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