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Lara Miller's S/S '13 Draws Inspiration from Floating Through Space and Time During Sunsets and Sunrises

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It's that time of year again. Chicago's fashion week: Fashion Focus 2012! Whoot! We've got a sneak peek into three of the spring/summer 2013 collections that will be walking down the runway--one designer from each show, running October 17-19 at 7:30PM at Millennium Park.

[Inspiration photos courtesy of Lara Miller]

We started off the week peeping into the newest collection of RFD by Rachel Frank at the CFI, then yesterday we learned about Shelby Steiner's dark inspiration to walk in Fashion Takes Flight. Now we look into the finale of Fashion Focus Chicago, The Art of Fashion presented by on Friday, October 19.

We are sooo excited for Lara Miller's new season of convertible clothes--you can wear hers in reverse, wrapped around your body, or flipped upside down. Watch for it: the models will even change (presto-chango) on the runway, right before your eyes.

[A sneak peek at the color palette]

For spring 2013, she continues to draw inspiration from the shapes of Chicago buildings but grabs the color palette from the City's sunrises and sunsets. "There's a meditative feeling that comes from both times of day that also got me interested in ancient cities and Buddhist temples which led me to Bagan [an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Burma]," says Miller. "Essentially I'm dreaming up a story of a girl traveling through space and time during sunsets and sunrises."

These pictures make us want to go travel to Bagan, straight away! They prompted her to use salmon, lavender, rust, gray, blue, green, white and cream with pops of gold colors. The clothes will move from sunrise to sunset down the Fashion Focus runway. Cardigans are a main focus, with a few maxi sweater dresses added to the mix. Everything is made out of sustainable materials and hand-loomed in Chicago. —Robin Clement
· Lara Miller [Official Site]
· All Fashion Focus Coverage [Racked]
· StyleChicago Artfully Closes Fashion Focus 2011 [Racked]