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Designer Maha Abdul Rasheed initially garnered the attention of society ladies with big ballgown dresses complete with oversized bows and flower prints. But now, a few seasons in, we’re convinced that it’s her understated (in comparison) separates that deserve a nod. Whether or not you have an invitation to the Cannes Film Festival or a wedding in Lake Como next spring, there are a few pieces—like the Breton striped number and off-the-shoulder black corset-style hauts—that will make for a sharp and even contemporary wardrobe update. In this collection, we also find a pair of high-waisted tailored pants, pretty pencil and circle skirts with dainty laser-cut flower hems, and cool culottes.

Ultimately, however, Abdul Rasheed needs to sprout more creative growth from her safe zone. Oversized bow bandeaus in some 20 different colors and angles does not translate to 20 new looks. The young designer can maintain her signature while simultaneously providing the Bambah client with new silhouettes (and a more tightly edited collection) with which to refresh her wardrobe—especially when she employs such beautiful fabrics that are built to last.

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