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April 19 2014

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Lizzie Fortunato Gets Sun-kissed

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“Apparently, girls really like lips,” says Decade Diary blogger and artist Bernadette Pascua. “I posted an illustration of puckered lipstick [marks] on my site and I didn’t anticipate how many girls would go crazy for it.” One of those fans was Pascua’s longtime friend, accessories designer Lizzie Fortunato. “I wanted to do something fun and pop-y for my spring collection,” says Fortunato. “And when I saw the lips, it just made sense.” The two girls cooked up a ten-piece capsule of totes, pouches, and clutches entitled Super Nana (French for “beach babe”). “I was in a tropical mood,” says Pascua. Apparently, the artist brainstormed by painting watercolors of everything from pineapples to flamingos. “The ideas were one after the next,” adds Fortunato, who also recently collaborated on a pre-fall accessories capsule with Jenni Kayne. Available at Kirna Zabete next week, the collection features leather and canvas bags that have been hand-embroidered and printed with Pascua’s illustrations. Ranging from $125 to $500, the bags are cleverly embellished with bananas, Peruvian palm trees, plumeria florals and, of course, pink and red lips.

Super Nana will be available at Kirna Zabete from next week.

Photo: Jason Ross Savage

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