On Our Radar: AllSaints-------
On Friday, the English retailer AllSaints (AllSaints Spitalfields for the full, tongue-twisting effect) opened in the former Michael K space on Broadway, joining what one shopping-minded Web site is calling “the fast-fashion corridor.” The multi-level store does have some similarities with Topshop to the south and H&M and Uniqlo to the north, it’s true—enormous real estate, a booming multinational business, and lower-than-designer prices, mostly—but it’s more than just a follower. AllSaints has been improving quality over the past few years, and its styling, cuts, and fabrics (more than its interiors, to be honest) suggest it’s got a sharp eye on the market. Prices aren’t fast-fashion cheap, but they do occupy a middle ground between megabrand and many contemporary labels. At our appointment for Fall, senior market editor Marina Larroude was excited by the shearling options, but there’s plenty to like among the current spring offerings. The tie-dyed Danava dress (left) will dress up or down nicely, and a pair of military-inspired parachute shorts with back cargo pockets (top right) comes in at $85, less than comparable styles elsewhere. And while our fashion features editor, Romney, has her eye on the label’s romper-stomper combat boots, I quite like the delicate leather sandals, embellished with hand-woven whipstitch details (bottom right).
Danava dress, $280, parachute shorts, $95, and Ophelia open sandals, $170, available at AllSaints, 512 Broadway, NYC, www.allsaints.com.