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Crush-worthy: The New Homegrown Designs We're Dying To Wear

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    We love when a young designer's lookbook wows us so thoroughly that we instantly covet every item in the collection. Wanna know what we love even more? When that aforementioned young designer is local. That's the case with Miri designer Mera Anwar, who we first spotted at our launch party way back in November, and who just bowled us over with her spring '12 line.

    The Pakistan-born designer has roots (and a design studio) in Maryland and is currently based in New York, but as a self-described nomad, she brings global flourishes to her work, incorporating embroidery techniques from South Asia, lush fabrics from East Asia, and couture design touches from Europe. "The inspiration for [the] collection was taken from a recent trip to the Middle East," Anwar says. "I was really inspired by the beautiful colors, textures, and embroideries of the region. I borrowed details from the culture and modernized them. I incorporated rich ethnic embroideries on modern silhouettes, which contrast yet complement the two worlds."

    Personally, we can't stop daydreaming about the gorgeousness in this collection — the rich emerald and ochre hues, the perfect lace detailing, the forward-thinking silhouettes — it's everything we want to be wearing rightthisminute. Click through to see our favorite pieces from the, and just try not to fall head over heels.


    Photo: Courtesy of Mera Anwar
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