Summary: The duality of this post's title can serve as an appropriate summation of the Jill Stuart Spring '10 collection—an eclectic mix of new age party wear that could dress the style-savvy up and comers, as well as several characters from a science fiction series. The first part of the collection was made up of sculptural pieces, many with cut out mesh paneling, a common theme being seen on the runways this season.
Other modernistic elements including exaggerated shoulders, asymmetrical hems, and angular patterns dominated the initial part of the collection in minidresses, jackets, and leggings. The geometry gave way to more flowing shapes in one shouldered, draped dresses and peplum tops. Exquisite leather was introduced in the form of a perforated, bustier dress and thickly cut blazers topped off with large, nailhead studs. The studs were actually a standout element, anchoring more delicate silhouettes like a simple white tube dress and a boucle-esque jacket. As the pieces slowly moved on to statement making party wear, sparkly lame and crystallized embroidery reigned over simplistic, solid fabrics. Beaded, sequined, and lace accents provided a fun, youthful vibe. Overall, the collection seemed a little unwearable at first, more avant garde than one may want for readywear. However, as the collection went on, the pieces boasted more of a balance between artful and festive that one could see wearing when genuinely having a good time.
Color Palette: white, black, blue, silver, pink, cream, green, gunmetal, metallic
Fabrics and Textures: leather, mesh, jersey, sequins, spandex, lame, crystal dotted embroidery, lace, ruffles, perforated, nail head studs, knit,
Key Looks: black tiered dress with mesh insets,white, patterned leather bustier dress, silver lame draped dress, black beaded overlay, sheer cut out leggings
Photo Source: NY Mag
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