The neophyte Hollywood starlets (and tartlets) tend to make a strong showing in the Jill Stuart front row, but the guest list proved a bit eclectic this time around. Kelly Bensimon and Olivia Palermo filled the reality show alum category and Twilight’s Nikki Reed was the real Hollywood starlet, not that it mattered anyway because the paparazzi’s attention was focused on the wide receiver of the Superbowl-winning New York Giants, Ramses Barden (and yes, I had to Google that).
When the flashbulb frenzy finally subsided and the lights went down, Jill Stuart went the opposite of her pastel theme for spring. For autumn, she went with a darker, retro rocker girl inspired palette, heavy on moody blacks with softer navy and deep wine shades mixed in for some kicks. The silhouettes were long and lean for trousers and flippy and above the knee for skirting (sometimes with wide knife-pleating). Textures included intricate gold leaf embroidery on an inky black canvas, sleek merlot-hued leather, gleaming digital patterned silks and strategically-placed sheer black chiffon and lacey panels. I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up seeing one of the beautiful flapper-reminiscent sheer dresses with delicate silver sequined designs on a young starlet on the red carpet (or maybe a footballer’s girlfriend/wife?),
Afterwards, I caught up with Jill Stuart herself to hear what she had to say about her fall 2012 collection and the runway show.
Fashionista: What was your inspiration for this collection?
My inspiration was women like P.J. Harvey, Susie Bick, Lydia Lunch that have great style and sort of a nonchalance to the way they dress. Just great musicians. Just great personal style.
How did you go about selecting the models to embody your inspiration?
From “that girl”. I was looking for “that girl” and that’s how we selected the models.
Any ID-ing going on this season? Everyone’s talking about..
ID-ing of the models. You know, how everyone’s talking about the CDFA guidelines where models have to be 16 and over…
Oh, most of our girls are over 16.
I noticed that Lindsey Wixson walked your show again. Would you say that she’s one of your muses?
Yes, one of my muses, I adore her. She did my ad campaign and she did my makeup campaign as well. So she’s definitely a Jill Stuart girl and she’s the sweetest girl on the face of the earth. She’s intelligent, she’s bright, and she’s a really good person. Wonderful.
So Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden was out in your front row…
I didn’t notice that. I wasn’t out there. It’s the first I’m hearing of it. That’s great to know. I am a fan.
So for us non-sports fashion types, what’s the ideal Jill Stuart outfit to wear to a game?
Just a great pair of pants and great angora sweater with a fabulous sweater or coat.