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Rebecca Rich's Spring 2004 Collection "A Sicilian Widow on Holiday in the Mexican Riviera" was inspired by a New York Times article about the trial of Patrizia Reggiani, who was later convicted guilty of plotting her husband Maurizio Gucci's (heir to the Italian leather goods fortune) death with her personal psychic. The piece in the Times that planted the seeds of the designer's new, fresh and vibrant creations read, "The case brought together some of the countries favorite obsessions: sex, money, designer footwear and astrology." Some quotes from Mrs. Reggiani included "I would rather weep in a Rolls Royce than be happy on a bicycle," and "There is no crime that money cannot buy." The Mexican Rivera where Rich sends her infamous widow on vacation is a pulsating, vivacious, sophisticated and refined place (unfortunately only a figment of the designer's imagination, for if not Fashionlines would be advising you to book your next getaway to this magical land as soon as you are done reading this article) "rich" with color and vitality.

Fashionlines' picks of Rebecca Rich's work include a white stretch rip-stop pencil skirt with wide black contrast belt loops (worn with a magenta silk drape top and a white stretch rip-stop jacket) as well as a pink silk jersey long bloused dress with white lamb leather collar and asymmetrical back bottom hem.

Indeed Rich's new collection has a myriad of exciting pieces alive with energy and spunk. So pull out your LV trunk and throw in a viscose lavender jersey (with lime hibiscus print sheared strapless top and striped jersey contrast band) a pair or denim trouser pants (with curved back pockets) and a lime green silk charmeuse jacket and you are off to Capri or Sardinia. Note to self: Don't forget to carryon lots of attitude, flare and sun block.

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