I have to say that I am loving the ladies this week. The female design set has given me cause to jump up and say yes!!! They just get women. I celebrated DVF for her design sixth sense and now I want to give props to my longtime fav Jill Stuart. She is another designer who just gets it. She knows her girl, she understands her lifestyle, she knows how to make her feel and look pretty, while giving her the edge she desires. Pretty is her signature and although the FW '09 collection was certainly toughened up, it was still "fem" perfection...slightly Twilight-esque, but still sweet and innocent. I say it time and time again, the frilly, rocker chic vibe is just my thing. I love it, I covet it...so it should come as no surprise that I am beyond excited about this perfect presentation.
Every season I look to Jill to give me amazing frocks and I am already coveting so many for her recent show. The lace dresses and tops were fab, the poet blouses with those exaggerated sleeves, so romantic and the ruffled, almost wedding gown-like pieces were doll-like and oh-so desirable. I also adored the floral mini-dresses and the gorgeous, feathered knitwear. The simplicity of the almost entirely black and white collection looked fresh to me (yes others have done this as well) and put an exclamation point on the effect Jill Stuart was going for.
I haven't reviewed any accessories yet, but I feel compelled to mention the to-die for shoes in this collection. This last fall, she offered some of the best boots of the season and FW '09 looks to be even stronger. Her cut-out shoe boots are some of the best I have seen yet and I cannot wait to get my hands on them. The hair was also perfect...easy, sexy, feminine. Finally, I loved the fedoras. They just looked right on her girl and also had a softening effect to the more dramatic, hard-edged looks. Kudos to her team for smart, simple styling!!
Now ladies if some of the show concepts this week seem overwhelming, way too youthful and at times too tough, don't despair...brands like Jill Stuart and especially Jill Stuart know how to take the conceptual to the real world; so I can guarantee you will want to flock to her Soho store come September to stock up on all of her slightly edgy, easy to wear, easier to covet pieces!!!