Spring marked a return to the quintessential Jill Stuart girl, after a few
seasons that explored affectedly tougher territory. Here was the whimsical
romance we've come to expect over the years, and plenty of it. There were
cascades of ruffles, hefty helpings of pleats, and lace applied every which
way. A trapeze dress worn by Lindsey Wixson came with a charming silhouette
print and ruffled collar; a sheer, striped frock with voluminous petticoats
swished with each step.
Beyond the flounces, there was a scattering of structured looks. A
nipped-in silk tuxedo and a navy cape with exaggerated shoulders did look
sleek and modern—but also, unfortunately, out of place. Stuart kept pace
with the trends by lowering hemlines and sticking with neutrals (champagne,
blush, ivory, and ebony). That unvarying color palette was what ultimately
bonded together this rather sprawling collection. It was tried-and-true
Stuart, and that is, after all, what keeps front-row flashbulb magnets like
Kim Kardashian and Jessica Szohr coming back for more.