Jen Mankins' chainlet Bird (there are outposts in Cobble Hill, Williamsburg and Park Slope) pretty much dictates what a certain set of Brooklyn girls wear (read: editors, stylists and other assorted influential ladies). One of our "Fashionista 50 Most Influential People in New York Fashion," Mankins made the cut because, as Lauren puts it, she stocks clothes "that even editors are willing to pay full price for." We should know, because Lauren and I are two such editors. So we asked Mankins what she liked from last week's shows, and what you can expect to see at Bird in the fall. And for all you non-New Yorkers, you can shop this expertly curated boutique online, too.
Here's what Mankin's plans to buy.
"Ethnic jacquard layered sweaters and scarves from M. Patmos. I am so excited that Marcia is launching her own line! She is such a great talent, especially when it comes to knits."
"Long floral print silk skirts and dresses from Steven Alan, layered under cool boyfriend tweed blazers. Steven knows exactly what cool girls all over town want to wear."
"Leopard print leather and rattlesnake print knits from Rachel Comey. I especially love the combination jackets. Both the short leopard print leather jacket with knit sleeves and the long rattlesnake print knit jacket with leather sleeves!"
"The beautiful and sophisticated collection from Tess Giberson. The double faced black cashmere drape coat is one of the most perfect I have seen so far and I am dying over the oversized Mongolian lambs fur vest. If there is one common truth from designers for next season it is that they do not want us to be cold!"
"The patchwork shearling coat from United Bamboo. It is a cool mash-up of a classic peacoat and a classic shearling."
"The urban-warrior black padded parka-poncho from Alexander Wang".
"I am literally buying every style from Suno’s latest collection! They just keep getting better and better. The oversized printed silk dresses, brushed mohair plaid capes and the gorgeous hand-knit jackets will be in high demand next season."
"No one does pattern or color better than Thakoon and this season I fell especially hard for his plaids and stripes. The stunning draped Masai plaid dress with slashed neckline will be a party-circuit favorite and the luxurious striped chartreuse cashmere crewneck sweater will give an edge to any daytime look."
"As much as I am drawn to prints and patterns I need to balance out the buy for the stores and I always look to Zero + Maria Cornejo for her architectural, urban-minimal style. This season was one of her strongest collections yet. The gorgeous caramel leather pod jacket and the luxurious alpaca coat were two favorites and I loved the slightly 70s warm sunset print silk dresses."
"Many designers embraced detailed, intricate fabrics this season, but the wool jacquards from Proenza Schouler were some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. The pleated and folded trousers were stunning especially paired back to strong, bold monochromatic tops and coats and shown with a perfect new clutch of course."