Being a long time menswear industry person, I have a profound appreciation for the design set who have done the impossible...translated their menswear mastery into chic, covetable women's fashion. Of course this is never easy, as women don't ever want to look masculine...so big kudos to two brands that I think just get it right!!!
The first is appropriately named Boy by Band of Outsiders. Press and fashion set darling Scott Sternberg has successfully crossed over to the dark side... Boy has graduated from simple shirts, jackets and pants that look like little boy clothing (much like shopping in the Brooks Brothers Boys department) to a more feminized point of view...part chic Parisian school girl, part collegiate cool, the new Fall collection is definitely for the "It Girl" set. I particularly loved the new trousers...cropped to perfection or full and Annie Hall-esque they will absolutely be on my must-have list. I also loved the proportion of the more tailored looks...Boy doesn't fall entirely into this season's nipped blazer trend, instead offering us easy, almost cardigan-like options alongside some of the best shaped versions so far. I am also crazy for the shoes...I think the the high-top sneaker inspired heels are genius!!!
Next I was so happy to see Swaim and Christina Hutson back on the scene...as you may or may not know, their critically acclaimed Obedient Sons & Daughters was shuttered after their financing dried up. They reintroduced themselves under their new brand name Hutson with a small presentation at the Bowery Hotel. Although the offering was tight, I was inspired to see their new direction. Like Boy, known more for a school boyish view of women, they delivered an evolved vision that was overtly girly. They experimented with extreme, almost prom dress-like ruffles in heavier flannel fabrics and also used placed ruffles strategically throughout...perhaps their version of the new power female so dominant on the catwalks. Yes tough to wear, but interesting nonetheless. They also soften up masculine shapes with tactile angora, cocoon-like coats and a 1930s-inspired pant shape...high-waisted, full-legged and definitely feminine. It will be interesting to see what comes of this talented pair and their new highly anticipated Hutson line...I for one am absolutely rooting for them!!!