Forget cats, if Jill Stuart has her way, Fall 2011 will be all about owl and fox prints. Unfortunately, Stuart doesn’t have the clout that Miuccia Prada does when it comes to making oddball prints cult favorites, so whether the likes of Stuart’s front row, which included Tinsley Mortimer, Nigel Barker, Mina Suvari, and Kelly Osborne, will opt for her jewel-toned animal prints, is far from a guarantee. Stuart deserves credit, however, for thinking outside of the box with her collection this season and going beyond frilly feminine dresses and separates.
Though Stuart’s collection was clearly 70s-inspired, as has been a running trend for countless Fashion Week seasons now, the contemporary designer made the trend her own with pops of metallic hues on sweaters, dresses, and skirts, patterned long vests, high platform shoes styled with socks, cozy fingerless gloves, pleated patterned dresses and simple belted jackets. She even successfully showed chic belt-come-fanny packs mixed in with her signature breezy aesthetic.
Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree