"It's my Beene Bag!" Lyn Devon exclaims as she holds up a vintage Geoffrey Beene "Beene Bag" dress, given to her by a writer friend. The dress is cream with a red rope cinching the bust. "She knows that Beene is such a huge influence for me," she says. Clearly, the writer understands Devon's take on sportswear. Actually it's not really a take--it's a very literal expression. Devon creates real sportswear--you know, the easy, comfortable, bold work and evening wear pieces inspired by less-formal attire. There are very few designers who create real sportswear these days, save for Michael Kors.
This season you'll find a long, lime green, nearly sheer shirt dress with...a drawstring waist. Or a three piece suit in...pique cotton.
This, to me, is how I want to dress everyday. Devon's windowpane dress trench, or the windowpane blouse and shorts, are dream pieces. There's also a gorgeous button down blouse with black pearls individually sewn on all over--Devon's take on polka dots. "I wanted to play with the idea of being a lady, so we used things like pearls and bows--but I didn't want it to be too precious," says Devon. The pussy bow, for instance, shows up in a sleeveless a-line dress--made from avocado-colored leather, natch.
Of course, she paired it all with the perfect shoe: patent leather Louboutin oxfords. No towering heels for Devon's girl. (Another reason why I love her.) When I ask her if she'd like to create her own shoes someday, she says yes--if the right backer came along. Devon has the potential to become a major name in the next generation's fashion cannon, so I hope she finds that backer soon.
(Oh, and I must give a shout-out to Ulla, the model who tries on dresses all day at Devon's appointments with editors and buyers. Because she's just lovely!)