Designer News: New Pre-Fall Collections

August 2009

look-14-detailKnown for his selection of luxury Italian womenswear, Mario di Leone brings two of Italy's best to Denver. Brioni, with its collection of sharply tailored jackets and lean pant suits, carries Di Leone's personal favorite: this chocolate brown, peaked-lapel, double-breasted jacket accented with a wrap belt. If knitwear is more your style, cozy into two- and three-ply cashmere knits by Malo in classic hues of lilac, red, camel, and charcoal gray. Mario di Leone, 280 Detroit St., 303-333-7474, mariodileone.com. Across town in the Highland neighborhood, discover Los Angeles brand Aude at Dragonfly. This well-priced line is known for its core wardrobe pieces in lightweight knit jersey. Standout items include an essential long scarf, perfect for a crisp fall day, and a cowl-neck dress with elbow-length sleeves. Dragonfly, 3615 W. 32nd Ave., 303-433-6331. The more romantically inclined ladies should visit Ella Bleu for the Denver debut of Bryan Bradley. Best known for dressing the New York social set in pretty frocks and colorful prints from his runway line, Tuleh, this lower-priced namesake collection features Bradley signatures in tailored but feminine silhouettes. Owner Kim Inghilterra's well-edited picks will have women swooning over a tropical-print bodice dress and a pink button-down cardigan with faux-fur collar. Ella Bleu, 5425 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village, 720-859-3111, ellableuboutique.com.

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