Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear
March 13, 2013 New York
Wren's effortlessly feminine frocks and whimsical separates have become synonymous with its legion of ingenue ambassadors. Designer Melissa Coker has previously collaborated with fans such as Alexa Chung, Karen Elson, Gia Coppola, and Tavi Gevinson, and she's recruited indie darling Joanna Newsom to star in the label's Fall video, which features the singer-songwriter performing a folksy cover of Sandy Denny's 1971 ballad "The North Star Grassman and the Ravens" against a picturesque Malibu backdrop. The short film imparted the new collection with somewhat of a surreal aura, but remove Newsom's enchanting harp plucking and the giant owl from the equation, and the result is straightforward clothes that don't break any boundaries but nonetheless have commercial appeal for a broad audience. Cases in point: a leopard-print silk peplum top paired with matching cropped trousers, as well as a fluttery shift dress in the same pattern. Many of the standout pieces here had a slightly retro look. A double-breasted faux-leopard coat gave off a sixties vibe, while a cropped turtleneck worn with a kicky color-blocked skirt channeled Liv Tyler's character in Empire Records.