Season after season, Jill Stuart peppers her front row with press-garnering celebs. While it's usually a smart move, at Saturday’s show, Stuart’s grocery list of reality stars vied for attention not just with each other, but also with her clothes.
Not so discreet hand-holding (Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick) and even less discreet in-seat dancing (Brad Goreski--but hey, the man's got moves) piqued photographer's interest even after the lights went down, turning some cameras away from Stuart’s clothes and instead towards the people who court them.
But unlike the celebs, the clothes showed restraint, and at times even austerity. (High-waisted, knee-skimming shorts come to mind, as does a clean navy cape that seemed more Jil Sander than Jill Stuart).
Yet while these pieces belied Stuart’s starlet-friendly slant, there was plenty in her collection to keep her front row outfitted. A color block black and white mini with slits at the upper thighs would surely suit onlooker Kristin Cavallari, while the frothy dresses with Peter Pan collars seemed almost conjured for Tinsley Mortimer.
As for the rest of us, Stuart championed a garment almost as elusive as the perfect jean: the dress that goes from day to night. By coupling longer hemlines with delicate fabrics (mostly in cream, with black sashes and accents), Stuart produced dresses that fit in many arenas--the office, lunch, a date, a night out. For real girls (not reality girls) who want to wear a dress more than once, that's all the more reason to celebrate Stuart's collection.
**All backstage photos by Julia Silverman. **All runway photos by Elisa Hyman.