Sass & Bide
December 27, 2013 New York
Hot on the heels of opening the brand's first international flagship (an ambitious space in Soho) and a prodigal return to NYFW, Sass & Bide has kicked things up a notch for its debut Pre-Fall offering. Gold! Glisten! Chunky stone accents! It's the kind of easy opulence that will surely pit smart party girls against their checking accounts. The basic jumpsuit got a swank revamp, outfitted with metallic-gold basket-weave detailing, and fluid maxi skirts, paired with generously beaded boxy tops, proved the Gatsby spirit has a bit of life in it yet. The label's signature Deco-tribal accents were ever-present, adorning the cuffs of a luxe trench, trimming slouchy pants, and generally adding flair. But designers Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke haven't been shy about their penchant for sharply contrasting aesthetics, so for every ounce of more cosmopolitan chic, there was a bit of naturalism. It came most literally in avian prints, seen on a bomber/track pant set, as well as a particularly exquisite bone jacket, where embroidered birds bore tropical blooms. Elsewhere, there were asymmetrical, buttery shearling vests with moto details, baggy cropped cords, and dense, handsome knits. All told? Seems like 2014 may shape up to be an even bigger year for the brand.