Color War: Jonathan Saunders Comes On Strong At Escada Sport-------
Jonathan Saunders was in town last week to show his own Resort collection (and host a little get-together at the Bowery), but I caught up with him at Escada, where he debuted the capsule collection he designed for Escada Sport Resort. Saunders brought a splash of color—to say the least—to the German label’s friendly-priced diffusion label. The color-blocking that made up much of his namesake collection’s recent offerings reappears here, with pegged trousers and trenches in electric blue, blue and green paneled minidresses and pleated skirts, and a print that’s literally color-blocked—that is to say, of colored blocks. Accessories, including totes, belts, and trompe l’oeil wedges with graphic “heels,” pick up the theme. My personal favorite motif was a blown-out houndstooth print, which was shown in a contrast silk blouse and skirt look (left). Saunders spoke of bringing a new, younger customer to Escada’s stores and to Lord & Taylor, where the collection will bow. As of now, he’s slated to start with Resort and potentially move on to pre-fall, but if he draws crowds—and I wouldn’t be surprised—I bet the label will court him for Fall and Spring, too.