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Dee by Dalia

London College of Fashion graduate Dalia El Ali launched her womenswear label, Dee by Dalia, in 2013. This season, El Ali made her debut at Fashion Forward with a catwalk show to unveil a Fall 2016 offering that highlighted reworked closet staples with cutouts.

A play on the button-down shirt was a key style here, and the off-the-shoulder rendition with billowing sleeves will speak to the young woman looking to add an on-trend piece to her closet. The hyper-saturated, poppy red coordinating look with cutout culottes also made for a hip statement. However, the moon and star motifs felt like a forced nod to the Holy Month of Ramadan and the ruffled circle appliqués on a cold shoulder dress and long, flared skirt came across as fussy. In the end, this led to a general feeling that the designer struggled to translate a more focused collection for her muse.

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