September 24, 2012
Andrea Lieberman was recently named one of the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists. "I've worked really hard for the past few years and it feels great to officially be a part of the conversation," she said at a preview of her latest collection. But with 200-plus current stockists, she's been part of it, at least as far as retail is concerned, for seasons, and she's already got a leg up on many of her competitors in terms of sales. Compared to collections past, this lineup had a more casual vibe and was filled with updated, everyday pieces like tapered cargo pants with extra spacious pockets and featherweight cotton mesh tops with fluttery sleeves featuring trapunto stitching inspired by traditional kimonos. Continuing on that Japanese kick (also touched on by others like Miuccia Prada and Peter Dundas at Emilio Pucci this Spring), Lieberman showed kaleidoscopic shibori prints on silk maxi wrap skirts and slim trousers with woodblock stripes. Ultimately, the item we're betting all our chips on here is the pair of tailored wool board shorts with geometric hand-beading. Sure, we've seen plenty of others like them this season, but on-trend with a personal twist is Lieberman's contribution to the conversation.