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Jill Stuart presented her Spring 2009 collection at Astor Hall in the New York Public Library to a packed audience that included Beth Ostrosky, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Lindsay Price, Michelle Trachtenberg, Leigh Lezark, Nigel Barker (whom I’ve spotted at almost every show that I’ve attended thus far), and Bette Midler.

Hours after the show ended I still couldn’t get my mind off the collection. Besides being a stark departure from Stuart’s dark and severe Fall collection, one of the Spring looks had a model strutting-down the catwalk with an exposed breast that looked so off, I almost thought the model had accidentally exposed herself.

Exposed cleavage and a few sheer tops aside, the collection was chock-full of washed-out colors and ultra-feminine frocks done almost entirely in silk and organza (as seems to be the dominating trend this season).

Though the collection featured nothing particularly innovative, it was fittingly-spring with light, loosely-draped, and mostly wearable pieces. That said, the highlight of the collection were the ornate necklaces that spiced-up a handful of looks.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.