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Elizabeth Kennedy's spring 2017 collection features evening gowns with a French Riveria theme. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Kennedy
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Kennedy's collection was inspired by one of her all-time favorite movies, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,which is set in a fictional town in the French Riviera in the 1980s. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Kennedy
Joe Zee, Elizabeth Kennedy, Rob Younkers at Plaza Palm Court
From left, Joe Zee, Elizabeth Kennedy and Rob Younkers pose for a photo at the presentation of her spring 2017 collection at the Plaza. Photo by BFA
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"I found the pairing of such a classically beautiful setting with the playfulness and dynamics of 1980s fashion to be such an amazing place in time," Kennedy says. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Kennedy
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Many of the details are inspired by vintage swimwear — for instance brightly colored trimming, cutouts, and lace up backs, but reimagined for evening. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Kennedy
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Elizabeth Kennedy's collection is based on bold colors against the backdrop of palm trees and the Cote d'Azur.  Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Kennedy
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The Elizabeth Kennedy evening gown collection exudes glamour. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Kennedy
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A showstopper evening gown from Elizabeth Kennedy's spring 2017 collection. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Kennedy
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Though based on the '80s movie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the Elizabeth Kennedy evening gown collection looks modern. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Kennedy