John Denver's "Country Roads" played in the background at Lyn Devon's Upper East Side studio as she showed off a Fall 2013 collection inspired by upstate New York. The newly engaged Devon and her fiancé are looking at properties in the area; she used its rustic-intellectual feel to inform her clothes.
The collection was designed as a complete wardrobe, starting with an easy gray sweatshirt (cropped and emblazoned with a burgundy script L, perfect for this writer) and ending with a menswear-inspired wool overcoat embellished with Bakelite and clay brooches. Lavender, a color that popped up in many collections last season, was used to good effect on a boiled-wool top and skirt, and also in the lining of a taupe overcoat.
Styled with ever sensible loafers, each piece felt like a fancier version of something you might find in a New England attic: There was a seventies-style floral dress, a burgundy crew-neck cardigan, and a peachy corduroy mini shift. Everything was very wearable, which is Devon's real talent: creating luxurious, desirable clothes that work as well on socialites as they do on real girls.
"It's about the joy of being in the country, but still polished," said the designer. Navy velvet paper bag-waist trousers, paired with a delicate lace corset and topped off with an alpaca coat, synthesized the theme. As perfect as these pieces are for taking in the fall foliage, they'd work just as well in the city: It would be shame to relegate them to the country house.