To say that we would wear every, single thing in Elizabeth and James’ Spring 2011 collection would not be an overstatement. Designers Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, also behind that little brand The Row, have gone Parisian for spring, as evident in this exclusive preview of their lookbook. There’s a sheer mint blouse, a blush gypsy dress, as well as silk shorts, pants, and blazers in a range of muted colors. Very Clémence Poésy, if you ask us.
The highly-anticipated sunglasses range is also on full display, and it’s priced between $155 to $265. What’s so incredible about Elizabeth and James–other than the fact that the clothes are so good and reasonably-priced–is the breadth of categories they cover. The brand currently encompasses women’s apparel, shoes, jewelry, eyewear and the more casual, denim-centric division: TEXTILE Elizabeth and James.
Click through to browse the full collection.
**Photos by Roderick Angle.
Last week, we stopped by the Decades Denim showroom to meet Cameron Silver and see how his collection had evolved since last season’s launch. Holiday 2010 and Spring 2011 were both on display, allowing us to witness the line’s progression from a few basic denim pieces to a nearly full-fledged collection.
Some vintage inspiration is to be expected from the owner of an L.A. vintage mecca and, naturally, Cameron chose the denim-crazed seventies. The influence is subtle in both collections. Holiday pant styles include basics like a pocketless skinny jean, a straight leg, a boot cut, and a jean legging. There are also more frivolous options like a cropped cigarette jean, a jodpur-seam jean legging and a really great-looking cropped cargo jean. There were also a few dressier options like a trouser, a velvet skinny jean and my favorite, a tuxedo pant with a rounded hem that is a bit shorter in the front to reveal a great pair of shoes. The washes available include indigo, light blue, white, black and my favorite, Ox Blood, a deep bordeaux red. Every pair is clean and timeless–devoid of distressing and obnoxious logos. It all has the kind of dressed-down glamor that L.A. is known for, but also definitely has a place in a New Yorker’s wardrobe.
Loeffler Randall designer Jessie Randall skipped the clothes for Spring 2011. Instead of designing an apparel collection–which is on hiatus–her devoted followers are getting something new this season. Pun intended.
In response to demand from friends and customers, Randall created a bridal shoe collection, featuring several of her favorite designs in cream, blush, satin, and chiffon. (It’s priced between $295 and $625.)
As a Spring 2011 bride, this certainly made me happy. Finding the right pair of wedding shoes is nearly as important as the gown itself. I’m particularly keen on the Noelle and Georgia styles, which mix sheer netting with satin.
Of course, the main collection isn’t bad, either.
So I don’t expect Kmart to become the world’s next Topshop. But I must say that I believe it’s important to have good design at every price point. It doesn’t have to be trendy, but it should be good. And that’s what Kmart is offering up for Spring 2011.
There are some great-looking black sandals, wrapped with delicate gold chains, a pair of suede booties, a truly-covetable leopard scarf, and some blue cargoes that make me happier than J.Brand‘s. And of course, nothing really veers over $40. So if you’re on a budget, don’t forget about Kmart. (What’s more, their classic peds and unwashed men’s denim are totally worth a stop, regardless of how good the new collection is.)
Click through for some images from Kmart Spring 2011.
Founded in New York in 2004, Raven Denim hit it big in the middle of the last decade with its trouser jean, called the Mackenzie. But that was six years ago, and denim trends change too quickly for a business to rely on one style. That’s why industry veteran Kris Park, who bought the company Read more →
What Goes Around Comes Around is one of my favorite vintage shops in New York. So when we were invited to preview their fall collection, I was more than happy to do so. The company’s creative director Gerard Maione presented a mixed collection of vintage-inspired pieces. Lots of fur, shearling, leather, tees and embroidered tops Read more →
This morning, Britt and I visited Steven Alan’s showroom to examine the designer/retailer/rep’s autumn offerings. Downstairs, we cooed over the Steven Alan plaid button downs, printed smock tops and woolen coats. There were plenty of other great labels around–including Demylee, No. 9 and The Lake and Stars–but what really stole our hearts were the accessories Read more →
The moment I stepped into Helmut Lang‘s studio this morning, I knew I was in trouble. I survived the winter without succumbing to the brand’s perfect grey leather leggings. But of course, creative directors Nicole and Michael Colovos are bringing them back for fall, just to torture me. New things to salivate over: Mixed media Read more →
This week’s been packed with market appointments, specifically, denim previews. Here’s a rundown of what we’ve seen, and what you’ll see next fall. Hudson: The brand’s based out of LA, designed by Ben Taverniti, who’s French, and features UK flags everywhere, but they showed their collection in midtown New York on Monday. Skinny still reigned, Read more →