Walking into Cicada Collection for the first time is like leaving the state. A hiatus from all the colorful, college-friendly shops surrounding it in Snider Plaza, this Santa Fe-based boutique caters to the confident and fashion-forward. No, not the trendy girls who buy the latest designer garments off the mannequins, but the risk-takers, the high-low mixers, and the ladies who love quality more than a designer logo. Owners Irina Ross and Anne Mulvaney stock a monochromatic palette of architectural pieces from German-based Ivan Grundahl, Icelandic Elm Design, San Francisco’s Harput’s Own, and other off-the-grid designers. Cynthia Barnhouse, (who looked effortlessly cool in structured white skirt and denim jacket during my visit) manages the Dallas boutique and has a hand in tailoring the spring selection to Dallas’ hot summers. Expect to find prices worthy of collectible pieces: $98 for tanks and tees up to $826 for off-the-runway skirts.
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