Leave it to designer Amanda deLeon to display a study of animal exoskeletons on the runway... the most beautiful display of animal exoskeletons I have ever witnessed. With an education background in architecture Amanda's designs are expectedly very structural, yet with her Fall 2011 collection she added a deeper layer with her fabric choices. Her use of leather and silk serves to provide you with "a juxtaposition of a tough exterior with the softness that lies beneath" (something New Orleans women can relate to). It was clean, sleek, and the clothes looked well made and expensive. This collection was the second in my top two and quite possibly my favorite. The pieces in this collection pushed the boundaries of what traditionally beautiful clothes look like. She truly showed me something ahead of the fashion curve right here on the runways of New Orleans that I could see my self in. Hands down the quilted leather cap sleeve dress with the long fringe was my favorite look of NOLA Fashion Week, and that's quite a statement!