Dean Quinn means business. Not a year has passed since Quinn launched his brand, and yet he's already figured out something that many other young designers completely fail to notice, at least until the repo man comes to take their sewing machines away. Here's the deal: Women do not only, or even mostly, wear evening dresses. Really. Promise. Many women work, and require clothes they can wear to the office, for example. And Dean Quinn, wised-up Central Saint Martins grad and Versace alum that he is, wants to make those clothes. "Obviously I wasn't going to stop doing dresses, because people know me for that," he explained at his presentation today. "But this season, for me, was really about suits and separates. You know, the kinds of pieces women really wear." Bless.
Quinn's take on suiting was refreshingly nontraditional. His standout look today was a cool black suit comprising narrow boot-cut pants and a geometric vest trimmed with custom gold zippers; elsewhere, splitting the difference between a suit and salwar kameez, Quinn paired his seriously sleek boot-cuts with matching or coordinating tunic tops. Then, of course, there were dresses. The best of these were the least fussy—when Quinn really heeds his minimalist instincts, he comes off almost as a budding Calvin Klein. To wit, check out his lipstick red tank dress, with perfectly judged dropped waist and pleats, and his red and white slipdress, so Zen in its simplicity. That kind of clean and quiet look is hard to pull off and harder still to make sexy, but Quinn has the chops. Fashion watchers should expect big things from him, and soon.