Jill Stuart's Fall 2007 Collection, presented at her home away from home, the New York Public Library's Astor Hall, brought to mind anything, but a bookish librarian. With a nod to 60's mod, the petite powerhouse conjured up the spirits of Twiggy, Penelope Tree, and Francoise Hardy. The Who's definitive song echoed through the halls as Ms. Stuart unveiled a presentation of forty-seven looks.
People try to put us d-down (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
Just because we get around (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
This is my generation
This is my generation, baby
Why don't you all f-fade away (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
And don't try to dig what we all s-s-say (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
I'm not trying to cause a big s-s-sensation (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
I'm just talkin' 'bout my g-g-g-generation (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
For Fall 2007, the designer shifted from last season's boudoir corsetry to an Andre Courreges-influenced collection. My favorite sixties-siren ensembles included: a cropped leather double-breasted jacket with a skinny sailor pant; a backless a-line mini shift trimmed in patent leather; a black boxy jacket with a vented back juxtaposed against electric blue hot pants; the purple swing coat with a Peter Pan collar; a sleeveless tunic with a fur hem; the black freeform tunic with tuxedo bib; and the fur vest worn over a ruffled silk blouse and sequined hot pants.
Jill Stuart is a self-professed vintage fiend. Anyone who's ever had the pleasure of visiting her Soho boutique on Greene Street can attest to the strong influence and her affinity for all things yesteryear. This is not only interpreted in her current collection, but also in her antiquated annex, a delightful collection of gently used and reworked designer vintage.
The native New Yorker has a gift for designing feminine, flirty frocks, but what you might not realize is that this pretty 'partydress' maker began designing jewelry and handbags as a teenager. That's right, when you and I were mastering the Pythagorean theorem, conjugating French verbs, and writing comparative literature essays, the young Ms. Stuart had already sold her first collection to Bloomingdales. While her parents may have paved the way with their sixties boutique, Mister Pants; it was Jill Stuart's creativity, ambition, and hard work that would lay the foundation for what is today a multi-million dollar brand, comprised of womenswear, menswear, beauty, and handbags.
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