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Behind Closed Doors: Inside Fashion Week Fall 2013

Mara Hoffman studio

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Priced Out of Silk

Few pieces in the collection use silk because the material's price has risen so much in recent years.

"We've basically gotten priced out of printed silks because of the way we design the prints," said Hoffman. She added, the looks use a lot of fabric.

"Using silk has become so expensive that we've switched to different alternatives such as polys and rayons that can take the prints really well," she continued.

At Hoffman's studio in New York City's Garment District, shown here, workers prepare for the impending presentation days before Saturday's show.

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