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Electric Boogie

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“My clients—musicians, performers, dancers—are very inspiring to me,” says designer Leana Zuñiga. For Spring 2012, she decided to ruffle the Electric Feathers a bit this season, per her customers’ requests. “They asked for lamé—it’s just more fun anyway, [for] people who want to be elegant but not tailored.”

She answered their call, adding a touch of glamour to her frock-focused Electric Feathers line. Zuñiga looked to light-catching lamé for inspiration, spinning the disco fabric into jumpsuits, caftans, dresses, and trousers-call it eveningwear for a desert princess. While she cited disparate elements of dance, eighties culture, and Grecian draping, the designer’s influences are ultimately rooted in music and her work as a costumer for various stage acts.

Since desert princesses (and chic urbanites) also need handbags, Zuñiga has supplied them with multifunctional, reversible ones. Of the quilted bags, she said, “For traveling it’s functional, [even] as a pillow on the Jitney!”

Photo: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

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