Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY Fall ’11. Jill Stuart Took Some Chances And Won

February 12, 2011 • New York Fashion Week Fall '11, Yahoo

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Summary: From big huge owl and fox prints on silk, to leather and pleated suede, to huge bright color blocks, to longer skirt length (that I'm not sure will work on many women), to perfect cropped trouser pants (which will work on many women), to simple wool coats, to beautifully colored metallics, there was a huge selection of innovative looks at Jill Stuart.

If you can't find one of these pieces to be interesting, I don't know what planet you are on. One thing is for sure, there was something new here, even if bits of this collection were drawn from past eras, notably the 70's and 80s, which in turn drew from the 20s and 40s. Jill Stuart took some chances with shapes and prints, but each look was well-conceived and impeccably tailored. Her combinations of leather and fur, and leather and suede were quite luxurious, The colored lamés in unusual colors such as peach and deep plum were gorgeous. The color-blocked pleated dresses towards the end of the show were striking. My favorite look was a color blocked dress of black, gold lame and ivory with a black tuxedo overcoat.

Color Palette: teal, orange red, tan, royal blue, kelly green, red, gold, black, ivory, cream, deep plum metallic, peach metallic, gold, copper, grey, brown, burgundy,

Fabrics & Textures: wool, leather, suede, cable knits, lamé, silk, silk chiffon, large scale scenic prints, color-blocking, shearling, fur, knife pleats, stripes, laser-cut furs

Key Looks: Over-sized owl screen print silk dress; Red-orange leather and suede pleated sleeveless dress; Blue, black and kelly green large scale color-blocked belted silk dress; Color blocked dress with black, gold lame and ivory knife pleats with tuxedo overcoat

—Carol Calacci

Photos: WWD

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