It was a mad rush to Jill Stuart. I ditched my Valentine for fashion week, but then was delayed in the subway until 12:25pm for a 12pm show. By the time I sprinted in 4 inch wedges from the subway up the stairs of the New York Public Library, I was soaked in cold sweat.
Thankfully, I made it there with just 30 seconds to spare, but the collection didn't do much to make my rush seem totally worthwhile. (But then again, maybe I'm just bitter about missing Valentines Day....)
Jill Stuart showed a weird mix of street chic, Balmainia 2.0, and a take on those Balenciaga riding hats from FW06. The collection was good at times, tragic at others, and by the end, left me mostly confused.
Really, Really, Good: The chunky knits and oversize outerwear were exactly the pieces most girls want to cuddle into come fall and winter. Eniko stomped out in an all white knit and fur ensemble that warmed my heart, and a creme and gray striped coat was just the item for any prep with a little edge.
Bad Riff on Balmain: Conversely, the accentuated hips and shoulders on tight draped dresses seemed forced, stiff, and awkward on the whole. (Though AnnaLynne McCord snapped BlackBerry pics of every one, but she had serious pageant hair circa Miss Universe 1986, so I don't think her opinion on what's stylish is valid.)
Just Wrong: Looks that were paired with thigh-high boots and black socks with a white stripe across the thigh. Thigh highs are in, but white striped socks... not so much.