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Hangover Observations: Crispin & Basilio's Acid-Washed Warriors

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The lost art of acid wash has been resurrected yet again, this time in Crispin & Basilio's Fall 2009 collection. But rather than use it in the traditional way (read: on denim), designer Donny Barrios gave it a more elegant spin by applying it to silk charmeuse . "Acid wash can be so terrifyingly retro, and I wanted to show how it can create something pretty," said the designer, who unveiled the collection last night at Revolve Clothing's Melrose boutique.

The rest of the offerings were equally experimental. Ruffled silk organza dresses were rubber-stamped with zebra stripes, using a technique that's normally reserved for t-shirts. Skirts and shifts were made from a faux-ostrich feather material, while prim frocks were pleated and tucked like '40s-style men's trousers. We also loved a series of double-duty garments, like a zip-up jacket that could double as a dress. "This collection is for sexy, strong warriors in these tough times," explained the ever-optimistic Barrios. "We all need to have hope that next year will be better."
· At Smashbox: Crispin & Basilio [Racked LA]
· Crispin & Basilio [Official Site]