Summary: Perhaps you could say I have a flair for the dramatic. Where everyday life can be a never ending parade of the mundane, runway shows are things of wonder, the stuff of fantasy, the Sandman’s dust we need to dream. So you’ll excuse me if I was yawning my way through the Jill Stuart Spring ’13 show. It’s not that Stuart is not an expert at her craft — the exquisite tailoring and fit of the garments speak for themselves — it’s just that where I wanted her to take risks, like so many other designers did this season, she came up flat. Some people have oohed and ahhed over the Old Hollywood throwbacks to the collection, the black lace and full skirts and overall 30’s screen siren feel. But to me, the lace looked like doilies, the silk floral patterns looked like draperies and the long gowns lacked a sense of freshness. A few pieces did sneak in with some satisfying scandal, mainly a sequined bralette and some gravity-challenging hot pants, but didn’t seem to harmonize with the conservatism of the rest of the collection.
One thing I did enjoy was Stuart’s take on the ever-popular sheer trend for spring. Her white on white pencil skirt suit in a transparent plaid pattern was the perfect marriage of modern-meets retro, and I wish there had been similar tweaks through the rest of the beautiful, though not altogether exciting collection.
Color Palette: Blush, rose black, white, ivory, cream, rust, orange, champagne, silver, pale blue, tan, nude
Fabrics and Textures: silk, satin, lace, silk charmeuse, organza, chiffon, tweed blend, cotton
Key Looks: White plaid mesh skirt suit, silver sequined bra-lette, pale blue cut out pleated dress, flutter-sleeved black and white lace gown, ivory belted silk jacket, rust and pale blue satin halter dress
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