After heading in a darker direction for Fall with a collection inspired by the musician Nick Cave's muses, Jill Stuart
is back on a softer, girlier path for Resort. At a preview at her showroom, the designer explained that she'd been reminiscing over Corinne Day's work for The Face
—think Kate Moss at a mid-nineties garden tea party. The vibe came across with a tiered chiffon maxi dress in a romantic English rose print (naturally, Day would've shot it with a pair of Dr. Martens combat boots) as well as with a sweet, sheer white frock worn over silk bloomers.
In the past few seasons, Stuart has been increasingly drawn to dense, embroidered fabrics like the floral one seen here on a bustierlike crop top paired with an A-line skirt. When we first noticed bandeaus on the Spring '12 runways, we were skeptical of their real-world wearability, but after seeing scads of them on both the red carpets and the streets, we're convinced that Stuart's customers will embrace the look.