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Jill StuartFall Winter 2014 New York

Runway Review
2/8/2014 Ed Kavishe/fashionwirepress.com

The styling of Jill Stuart's luxe offering skewed young. Heavy eye makeup smudged under the lower lashes, undone hair girlishly center-parted and embellished black stockings worn under sassy dresses all fell just short of rock’n’roll.

Leather looks hit closer to the mark: that first black faux fur jacket unexpectedly lined with a sheen of glossy leather. The port-colored leather wrap skirt teamed with deep purple above the waist. A pair of leather knee-length shorts worn with chunky ribbed knitwear embodied the right kind of downtown - only a fishnet scarf felt perhaps a little unnecessary.

Overall, silhouettes peaked early on. When they weren't short and flirtatious, the hems of skirts fell elegantly mid-calf, as did a loosely knitted dress in the deepest sea tones. There was no shying away from lush textiles however, the juxtaposition of which gave the kind of depth that makes a winter collection feel luxurious.

Stuart’s triumph for Fall 2014 was undoubtedly the sparse offering of oversized coats and capes. Occasionally adorned with enormous hoods, they swamped the models just so, giving the impression of a jacket loaned by an enamored lover before leaning in for a kiss. Or perhaps in this case, insisted upon by an unimpressed parent whose daughter was caught once again missing curfew. Either way, it was the lengthy camel and berry looks that were on everyone’s lips as we shuffled out of the show... Their brief & elusive appearances only made us want them much, much more.

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2/8/2014 Ed Kavishe/fashionwirepress.com

The styling of Jill Stuart's luxe offering skewed young. Heavy eye makeup smudged under the lower lashes, undone hair girlishly center-parted and embellished black stockings worn under sassy dresses all fell just short of rock’n’roll.

Leather looks hit closer to the mark: that first black faux fur jacket unexpectedly lined with a sheen of glossy leather. The port-colored leather wrap skirt teamed with deep purple above the waist. A pair of leather knee-length shorts worn with chunky ribbed knitwear embodied the right kind of downtown - only a fishnet scarf felt perhaps a little unnecessary.

Overall, silhouettes peaked early on. When they weren't short and flirtatious, the hems of skirts fell elegantly mid-calf, as did a loosely knitted dress in the deepest sea tones. There was no shying away from lush textiles however, the juxtaposition of which gave the kind of depth that makes a winter collection feel luxurious.

Stuart’s triumph for Fall 2014 was undoubtedly the sparse offering of oversized coats and capes. Occasionally adorned with enormous hoods, they swamped the models just so, giving the impression of a jacket loaned by an enamored lover before leaning in for a kiss. Or perhaps in this case, insisted upon by an unimpressed parent whose daughter was caught once again missing curfew. Either way, it was the lengthy camel and berry looks that were on everyone’s lips as we shuffled out of the show... Their brief & elusive appearances only made us want them much, much more.


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