We've been in the midst of pre-fall appointments here in New York, but we happily take a break from our regularly scheduled seasonal programming to bring you the hot off the press Madewell lookbook for spring 2015. Sure, looking at clothing geared to warm weather seems slightly cruel when there's snow on the ground, but it also gives us something to look forward to.
"This collection was a resounding nod to the optimism that comes with spring," Madewell's Head of Design, Somsack Sikhounmuong, wrote in an email to Fashionista. "The pulling out of all the things you love and packed away — your favorite jeans , a classic tee, a trench — we looked to all those things, tweaked and updated them to feel fresh and new." The label's signature denim once again takes center stage this season, but with new silhouettes — like a '70s-inspired wide-legged flare in a light wash and both long and short overalls — and fun details to admire, specifically patchwork and patterns that peek out when cuffs are rolled up on boyfriend jeans. There's a decidedly bohemian feel to a number of the loose silhouettes and prints, including a striped, fringed poncho and bag, and a series of rope belts and Ikat-esque prints on scarves, blouses and sewn onto denim.
The ease that we've come to know and love from Madewell is highlighted in the styling: the footwear is flat — slip-on sneakers and Birkenstock-inspired sandals are here to stay! — the skirts and dresses are mid-length and breezy, and there's a great selection of army green and denim jackets to throw on in transitional weather. If he had to choose a favorite look from the collection, Sikhounmuong writes, "I'm partial to the red cotton dress. We took cotton shirting, put it in a shirtdress body, re-looked at the shape and made it in this awesome graphic red color. It is a great example of an evolved classic!" Personally, I fell for a couple of monochromatic looks: one in a head-to-toe rosy pink and another that's a gauzy white (see above). Too bad they won't hit stores in time for Santa to deliver them to me on Christmas morning. (The collection begins to arrive in stores late January.)
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