Grown designed by Leanne Marshall (224062)
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Last week, singer Kelsea Ballerini belted out her No. 1 single “Lost Boy” on top of the clouds in a flowing, whispery gown, designed by “Project Runway” winner Leanne Marshall, at the 50th CMA Awards celebration. Two one-of-a-kind pieces were created by the talented designer for Ballerini and her acrobatic dancer who was inspired by Peter Pan. Marshall’s signature silk organza flowed effortlessly.

The country singer’s gorgeous frame was accented by ruching at the gathered waist and a high slit that showed off her slim legs as she strutted the stage. Glowing in the nude hue, the young artist performed confidently in front of country music’s greatest legends.

Marshall is an American designer and the winner of the season five series of “Project Runway.” Since her 2008 win, her collections have soared at New York Fashion Week and fashion weeks around the globe. Marshall’s designs have also been seen on TV, in print and at major award shows. She is proud to have designed high fashion patterns for Simplicity Pattern Company.

Here’s some color news. For spring/summer ’18, there are four fashion themes emerging. Inspired by the shows and trends on and off the runway, there are four print themes: tropical, a new take on gingham, a Basquiat and markings. It is a gingham season—you will find gingham at the top of the luxury market, too. Find a new check in a palette of blues. Also this season, the colorful cultural influence of Cuba inspires designers. Look for Tropicana Havana to embellish textiles. You will also see novelty fruit, animal and palm patterns. Pistachio is another emerging color. Rush adds an earthy vibe.

Cubist, Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist art has inspired fashion. Basquiat prints with Mandarian stripes are in a primary position. Colbalt blue makes an appearance, giving primary colors a kick. Yellow is a dominant color, offering an optimistic lift to this trend.