Jill Stuart has a knack for zeroing in on the prevailing fashion trends and then translating them into affordable clothes that her youthful clientele can understand.
For Spring, Stuart played up several of last season's key themes. Bohemian romanticism was much in evidence, via flowing, embroidered robes, gauzy washed-cotton dresses, wide-knit shawls, multi-tiered, ruffled skirts, and large, fringed bags that could have been found on the set of Almost Famous. With distressed cotton jackets and puff-sleeve shirts, Stuart also picked up on the street-cool look that Marc Jacobs has honed with his Marc line, throwing in bondage pants and cut-off utility shorts for good measure.
What else could one possibly add to the mix? Stuart went for wide, metallic belts, and flat sandals with impossibly long, scalloped straps that crisscrossed their way up to the models' knees.