Thanks to yesterday's construction-related traffic gridlock (seriously, New York? You chose NYFW weekend to rebuild half of Broadway?), I unfortunately missed out on Lyn Devon's presentation at the W hotel in Times Square. It was a shame, too, because her "urban picnic"-inspired lineup contained exactly the sort of looks I'd love to own come next spring.
From a basket-textured day dress in cerulean (one of the designer's favorite hues, judging by her past collections) to the duo of classic polka-dot frocks, there was nary an unnecessary frill to be found. Still, Devon worked in unexpected cuts and silhouettes here and there, as with a cool pair of simple mini-sheaths with built-in, floor-sweeping apron skirts slit high at their sides to expose plenty of leg. In addition to the aforementioned bright blue, the designer also incorporated plenty of sunny orange and marigold into her palette--perfect choices considering the summertime-picnic vibe. It's easy to see why Devon's earned herself a fast fan base among the uptown set; even when jazzed up with sporty side cutouts or cropped knits, her signature fit-and-flare silhouettes are flattering and utterly wearable.
**All images: Imaxtree