I always love Jill Stuart. Really. There have been maybe a handful of pieces from her collections in recent years that I wouldn't personally wear, or dress one of my clients in. And her latest collection for Spring '09 was no exception. Yes, there were about 3 looks that I didn't fall for (including one bizarre wardrobe malfunction, but we won't get into that...). But besides that, I loved every dress, top, and pair of pants & shorts. The muted but lovely palette included white, black, dove grey, dusty pink, the palest seafoam green, silver, and a darker grey-green, and there were a few prints including an abstract black & white, a painterly white & metallic silver, and one that really popped in shades of raspberry, teal & navy.
The floaty dresses in chiffon and silk danced just away from the body in beautiful folds, tiers, and panels, but never overwhelmed the models with too much volume. There were tops and little shorts that continued the same feel as the dresses, but allowed a more casual approach to seriously fashion-y dressing. As each look came down the runway, I got more and more excited...each one was more perfectly my aesthetic than the last, and I could see them all accessorized with exotic gold jewelry to balance the sheer fabrics and ethereal point-of-view. And speaking of accessories, huge statement necklaces in silver and pinky coral anchored many of the looks, creating a perfectly styled show (oh, minus the kerchiefs some models sported on their heads...just odd...).
Some of my favorite looks included a pink-to-grey green ombre long flowing dress, silver satin pants and a silk wrap top, a black-and-white printed strapless top with a structured bodice and flowing skirt, a pure white matte silk v-neck top with the tiniest spaghetti straps and two layers of tiered folds, and teeny-tiny metallic silver shorts that were actually really flattering (even to someone who didn't look like the models!). All-in-all, a fantastic show that I was really thrilled to see.