Returning to New York Fashion Week, Brazilian designer Alessandra Meskita presented a collection inspired by Egypt royalty and the various shades of the Sahara Desert. Hand pleated fabrics looked elegant as they flowed down the runway in the form of capes (my obsession), and evening and mini dresses. Nothing captures the essence of summer quite like crisp whites accented with gold – my favorite color – and Meskita does this beautifully. Subtle patterns with hieroglyphics, gold eye shadows, bold black eyeliner, and plenty of gold accessories all echoed an Egyptian influence without going over the top. Meskita aims to empower women through her collection by blending elements of both warriors (eg: leather harnesses) and goddesses.