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Inca, regional motifs inspire Lima Fashion Week

Friday - 4/12/2013, 7:31pm  ET

In this April 9, 2013 photo, a model practices prior to the show by Peru's designer Jimena Mujica during Lima Fashion Week in Lima, Peru. The shows are highlighting the work of 16 Peruvian designers of clothes, jewelry and accessories as well as the collection of Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, who was invited as a special participant. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Clothes inspired by the Incas and other pre-Hispanic cultures and the distinct patterns of Peru's regions have dominated the runways at Lima's fashion week.

The shows are highlighting the work of 16 Peruvian designers of clothes, jewelry and accessories as well as the collection of Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, who was invited as a special participant.

One dress presented by designer Sitka Semsh gave a contemporary spin to an Inca princess, while Ani Alvarez Calderon showed designs based on styles from the Puno and Lake Titicaca region. Amaro Casanova showed off a designed playing on the celebration of the Feast of Candlemas in the same area.

Ruiz de la Prada, meanwhile, flooded the catwalks with bold color and patterns.


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