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From the spring runway to Zara

May 26, 2011 | 12:33 pm

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Raf Simons' spring collection for Jil Sander went off like a color bomb in the fashion world. It was the runway show of the season for sure, with acid brights upon acid brights, and blown-up floral patterned T-shirts tucked into ball skirts, the perfect mix of sporty and chic. The minute we saw it in Milan in September we knew it was something special, the rare collection that really has the power to reach the streets.

And I've been waiting to see how it would trickle down. In the past couple of months, as spring clothes began to arrive in stores, I've noticed a few neon-colored T-shirts at J. Crew and H&M, and a few  punchy colors at Gap (not nearly enough though; Gap should have had this one in the bag). But Zara is the first retailer to really take on the trend.

If you visit your local Zara store this weekend, you might want to wear shades. The Spanish fast fashion giant has every element of the JIl Sander look covered, with pieces including a fuchsia anorak and tuxedo blazer, a tangerine orange floor-length skirt, button-down shirts and gladiator sandals in electric blue, T-shirts and scarves blooming with flowers -- all for less than $200.

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Of course, it should be noted that you can get an authentic piece of the Jil Sander collection for not much more -- just $295 for a floral T-shirt straight from the runway, or $395 for a pair of floral ballet flats, both at the brand's new e-shop.

-- Booth Moore

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Top photo: Models walk the runway displaying looks from Jil Sander during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times. Bottom photo: Zara follows the Jil Sander lead. Credit: Zara

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