Jill Stuart did what she did best today, showcasing her stunning Spring/Summer 2013 line at Lincoln Center. Though it poured outside, the line promised beautiful, elegant and airy days of spring and summer, so long as you can manage to get your hands on it. The clouds that surfaced above Lincoln Center seemed to have a silver lining, so to speak.
The word of the collection, as attendee couturelust said on Twitter, “lace, lace and more lace.” Jill Stuart’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection is heavy in lace and delicately placed floral appliqués of it. It promises lower waists on both skirts and pants, and pencil skirts so tight that even the models struggled to walk them. This was just one play on structure – like Ruffian, Jill Stuart featured a piece with architectural, exaggerated shoulders and many bodices were held tightly in place with detailed boning. Other pieces seemed to flow with the models bodies, especially some of the longer, easier gowns. All in all, the collection was simply ethereal and elegant.
Surprisingly, the color palette of the show started largely with black, and then white, nude, and coral were introduced. The attention to detail on the garments as merit-worthy and clearly were carefully crafted and designed. When lace and appliqués were not used, satin was introduced on suits and trench costs, and the baroque trend was also carried over into this collection. A happy metallic sheen was obvious on many of the garments, which is exactly what we’ll be happy ro wear after winter’s bleaker months. The shoes used in the show were simply swoon-worthy – chunky and featuring a sturdy ankle wrap, if this isn’t the next “IT” shoe, then the concept of the “IT” anything is dead. The show ended with rounds and rounds of sequin numbers, still perfect for summer, but better saved for more special occasions.“I I like how it evolved from airy to more dressy types,” said show attendee Dan Koday.
Present for the show was ever-elegant actress Rose Bryce and renowned stylist Elisa Nalin.
Photos by Sarah