Madhouse in the library! The Jill Stuart show was packed, and understandably so. The fall line shown at the New York Public Library was fantastic. Everyone talked about the hats: velvety trimmed tall things shaped like sleek bells. A very feminine take on the top hat that also looked quite durable.
The most notable pieces at Jill Stuart were the accessories, which were refreshingly unique and utilitarian. The pouches on the belts were the best example, and they seemed to reference both military gear and the fanny pack of yore. Belted coats were prominent, with varying looks such as army trench coats with leather utility belts cinched around them. A gorgeous green dress that glittered was accessorized with a utility belt.
A mechanic style jumpsuit in black definitely pushed the envelope. Hooded ballooning knitwear was juxtaposed with one-shoulder body conscious party frocks. Drop waists came back briefly and contributed a 1920's sophistication and playfulness evocative of a flapper girl.
A black and white blouse with a beautiful fuschia rose print was evocative of early 1990's florals, but with an edgier graphic vibe. There were big sleeves and lots of v-necks - - some of them asymmetrical. Purple and teal metallics looked lovely on the mini dresses. One of the stand-out pieces was a Little Red Riding Hood jacket all grown up - - it was cut very generously and had an oversized hood that created a unique silhouette.
A liquid-looking asymmetrical wrap dress in black provided an updated to the Little Black Dress. High-waisted belts were paired with peplums on the jackets. And there was prolific use of plaid, this time a Scottish estate tartan in royal blue and hunter green which was very vibrant and rich looking. A tuxedo jacket with nothing underneath looked sultry on the runway.