The Steven Alan girl is just so cool. She's always got her staples--perfectly fitted button downs galore, a boxy dress or three--but this season she's even more relaxed. "We're playing with proportions a lot--and it's so new for us," Alan said. "We wanted to be really true to the brand and at the same time think of what's next, what are our customers missing from their closet, what do we really love?" What Alan's customers are missing is a long sweatshirt dress to layer over an even longer white skirt, a silk dress and robe done in a flower print reengineered from vintage wall paper, drawstring pants, and a roomy shirt dress--just to name a few items. The Steven Alan girl will be comfortable come spring, and we're pretty psyched about that.
As for the palette--airy whites, pale blues, a hint of yellow--Alan says he was inspired by a recent trip to Argentina. "I was seeing a lot of sun kissed colors," he said. "So we had a lot of meetings before we even started designing with our fabric mills to execute the cotton voile fabric we use, this burnout fabric, and we even did our own silks." The lightness of the fabrics, the way they fall just-so, makes Alan's spring 2014 collection look sexy even when it's a bit oversized.