>> Jill Stuart tapped a moody, "mysterious nonchalance" for Fall 2012. Silhouettes were girlie and just a tad '60s, and came in a palette of ivory, black, plum, and berry. There were also some lovely prints in the mix, including an inky floral, which decorated box-pleat skirts, collared blouses, and shifts.
>> Here's an up-close look at the sexily-tossled hair, kohl-rimmed eyes, and baby pink lips that populated the Jill Stuart Spring 2012 collection.
While most runway looks can be adapted for everyday wear, sometimes catwalk hair and makeup are a tad too avant-garde for the mainstream. Such was not the case at Jill Stuart's Spring 2012 show. Wearing floaty pastel frocks, models were given bohemian waves and washes of pink or orange lip color for a truly wearable look that's easy to try at home.
For the hair, Kerastase's Odile Gilbert created a volumized base with the brand's Volumactive mousse. Once dry, Lotion Densitive and Double Force hair spray were applied for texture and the hair scrunched to enhance wave and movement. To add a few playful touches, hair was then deep-parted with one side rolled back into a side-swept fringe. In addition, a single hidden strand behind the ear was braided, so that "when they [the models] walk, it comes out," explained Gilbert.
For the makeup, Diane Kendal went for a '70s-inspired, "sophisticated bohemian" look. After rimming the inside of the eyes with a soft black kohl liner, she applied a black cream liner on the top lash lines, blending to diffuse. And if you've ever wondered how to make a stained lip look last, Kendal has the answer. Of the pink and orange shades featured in the show, she advised, "It's just a wash of color, but because they're neon, it makes it very bright."
Jill Stuart debuted a super feminine, super gorgeous collection for Spring 2012. Using shades of pink, mint green, citron yellow, and pops of red, Stuart designed delectable sheer drop-waist pleated dresses, refined salmon-hued short suits, and peplum tops. Quilted skirts and jackets added a textural quality while bird and palm tree prints furthered the whimsical aesthetic of the collection. Down below, Stuart caught our attention with a bevy of amazing patent, metallic, and colorblock platform pumps. A beautiful collection that celebrated Spring's colors and dressing like girl. Check out more key takeaways below, then peruse the whole runway collection.
Out of all the shirt styles to develop a crush on this season, we of course had to fall for the one that presents the biggest fashion conundrum — the boxy top. Designers like Rebecca Taylor, Yves Saint Laurent, and Jill Stuart showed them on the Spring runways, and our love affair began. They may seem a bit tricky to wear at first, but we've come up with a few easy, super-chic ways to blend this piece in seamlessly with the rest of your wardrobe. Check out our tips, then click through to see and shop our picks when you keep reading.
Blair Waldorf looks feminine and sophisticated in episode 17 of Gossip Girl. Her ruffled Jill Stuart blouse and red Tucker skirt look adorable alone, but add a few extra pieces — a Dolce and Gabbana cardigan, fierce Ikasho fedora, Louis Vuitton bauble necklace, and patent Chanel bag — and this ensemble is truly vogue. Shop like items now to mimic Blair's savvy style.
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Day three is done, and we've seen a bevy of beautiful dresses, chunky Fall knits, and standout accessories. Alexander Wang gave us his classic mix of loungewear and formalwear, Jill Stuart mixed it up with watercolor fox prints, and Charlotte Ronson's chunky layers have us excited to bundle up. Click through for the 10 looks that caught our eye today.
Fashion Week continues on pace, and even though it's Saturday, there's still plenty to see. Designers Jill Stuart and Prabal Gurung, who are known for their innovative shapes and technique, had their shows, which brought cleaner, more classically styled looks to the fore. It was a particularly pretty and polished day, with a few fun 1990s throwback exceptions, so check out what the shows had in store.