What would Stella Tennant and her aristocratic friends wear to a dinner party in the English countryside, capped off with a spirited game of charades? That was the question Jill Stuart
mused on while developing her Fall collection. Judging by what she sent down the runway, Stuart had a darkly romantic vision for Tennant and company. There were tailored wool jackets and topcoats with exaggerated lapels, sculpted arms, and hook-and-eye closures that had a Victorian feel, particularly when styled with poetic bow-neck blouses. Sticking to a sober palette of black, white, and navy for most of the lineup, Stuart added interest with custom-developed, textured fabrics like a lightweight, coated raffia. It was utilized in several standout looks including the kicky A-line skirt paired with a sparkly turtleneck sweatshirt that was worn by Julia Nobis.
While Stuart enjoys experimenting with new daywear silhouettes each season, her label remains a destination for frothy party frocks. She tossed plenty of them into the mix, and some were more successful than others. A handful of graphic, striped minidresses smacked of Spring Marc Jacobs and could've stood to lose a few of their peplums or ruffle details. However, those occasional slipups were redeemed by a quartet of jewel-tone satin numbers featuring laser-cut petals. The rose-colored, flouncy closer, in particular, was Stuart at her girly best.