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Designer Nedenia Hutton Craig takes a leap into legendary with her sumptuous second collection.
Designer Nedenia Hutton Craig takes a leap into legendary with her sumptuous second collection.
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It takes a special collection to cut through the cacophony of clothing available to us today. Nedenia Hutton Craig's second collection under the Dee Hutton label has the 'pow' factor that makes you want to take a longer look.

Hutton Craig's first collection was a colorful, and sweet but somewhat simple. The lookbook shows a-line miniskirts and long gowns that, while nice, don't look sophisticated. A standout was the Elle gown, a stunning electric blue columnar gown with cap sleeves, a bit like a really snazzy t-shirt. It's the ideas behind this particular dress that drive the second collections high end glamour. Hutton Craig kept the color and the lace of the first collection, and added sizzle. This season, the Dee Hutton label continues her tradition of old-world customizeable luxury.

The second collection stuns. The colors are sharper, and the silhouettes are leaner. The new Tshirt gown comes in a gold lame lined with silk charmeuse and it gives Michael Kors a run for his money. It has the easy American glamour that reminds you of the past and the future at the same time. The dreamy leaf green Bandit gown is a conservative high-low skirt, raised just enough in the front to show a well-turned calf. The fitted bodice and ballooning skirt are beautifully cut, and the contrasting sea green border of the skirt is an amazing touch. It's the kind of dress that makes you feel womanly just by looking at it.

Hutton Craig also does separates. Verruno pencil skirt in both orange and yellow leather versions are gorgeous. You can put those with the lace Lady Tank or Waverly t-shirt and head out to dinner. The fitted green leather Rivington jacket is a body sculpting piece that can work with the ruffled Salsa skirt as well as a pair of wide legged jeans. The fact that the pieces are made-to-order is a definite draw for today's taste-makers. Instead of RTW, each piece is a considered investment that fits the wearer like a glove.

The Dee Hutton line is inspired by Nedenia Hutton Craig's love of dress up, which she comes by naturally. Descended from General Electric founder and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post, and actress Dina Merrill, Hutton Craig has a long history of seeing women dressed to the nines. Providing the specialized service of an atelier salon, her clients can sip champagne as they build an intimate relationship with the designer and their wardrobes. She brings to her second collection a refined and sensual outlook that definitely makes her a 'must have' designer.