The Paul & Joe girl doesn't conform to the whimsies of fashion trends. Instead — and this was evident from the moment Lindsey Wixson took her showstopping opening turn on the runway — she marches to the beat of her own nonchalant sartorial drum. For Fall 2013 that meant a daywear mashup of masculine tailoring in slouchy, feminine fits: big coats with deconstructed shoulders in cozy patchworked fur, wide-leg "Charlie Chaplin" pants in beige wool, and superluxe sweaters in chunky cable knits. But it isn't all business with the Paul & Joe girl; she also knows how to have fun once the sun sets. Thus, there were metallic brocade suits with slim ankle pants, a gold lamé maxi dress worn under a smart little jacket, and — our favorite — a wool skater dress with jewel-encrusted stripes. Just the thing to do the trick.
Paul & Joe designer Sophie Albou crafted a collection that made us yearn for the carefree days of Summer. Marked by a warm palette of colorful prints, then juxtaposed against a crisp set of collared white blouses, tapered trousers, and long tomboyish shorts, it felt all at once beachy, youthful, and very chic. What caught our eye most, though — because let's face it, it was a very pretty lineup — were the oversize two-tone knit tops made for a chilly evening, the baseball jackets reworked with pale blue railroad stripes and floral-printed shoulder details, and the silver metallic minidress that was equal parts formal and laid-back against a sporty denim jacket. This is the kind of Spring '13 collection that never tried to be anything but playful and sweet, and sometimes that's all you really need when constructing your warm-weather wardrobe.
For Paul & Joe's Fall 2012 collection, Sophie Albou showed a luxe menswear-inspired line filled with louche trousers, baggy overcoats, pajama suiting, and plenty of feminine touches to temper the mood. Wearability was key; cropped bomber coats were paired with skinny pants, oversized leopard-print trousers were styled with slouchy sweaters, and printed sheath dresses were tempered with long and lean tailored blazers. Meanwhile, a lineup of luxurious fur coats, sheer lace tops, and velvet separates added an opulent touch to every look. Basically, we'd like to get our hands on every piece. More details from the collection below.
- Trends: Baggy trousers, structured overcoats,
- Colors: Red, brown, green, black, gray, blue.
- Key Piece: We loved the baggy printed trousers and printed sequin tops.
- Accessories: Leather and metallic belts, oversized clutches, printed pumps, point-toe boots, cuff bracelets.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls who crave effortless style like Elizabeth Olsen and Olivia Palermo.
Sophie Albou showed off a spirited Spring 2012 collection for Paul & Joe highlighting a mix of utilitarian and ethnic influences. While we're used to seeing one or the other, Albou was able to meld the two trends together pairing vibrant printed maxiskirts with silk button-up shirts, patent double-breasted blazers with tribal print bikini bottoms, and utility pants with sexy metallic knits. White fringed dresses and ponchos added a bohemian touch to the collection, while printed overalls provided the whimsy Albou is known for. For dressier occasions, there were a range of shimmery peasant dresses and maxidresses with sexy thigh-high slits. More details from the collection below.
- Trends: Overalls, ethnic chic, print trousers, fringe, shimmer, slits.
- Colors: Olive green, cream, gold, pewter, yellow, coral.
- Key Look: Printed overals and metallic knitwear.
- Accessories: Beaded and suede ankle wrap sandals, long metallic earrings, collar necklaces.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls who like to inject everyday whimsy in their ensembles like Alexa Chung and Kirsten Dunst.
>> When it's cold and grey outside, a red dress can be the perfect anecdote to your Wintertime blues. This street-snapped cutie knows what we mean: her bright shirt dress — paired with a cozy camel shearling jacket and black suede wedges — emotes such a cool girl vibe. We love it, and if you do too, nab our similar picks from Joseph, Elizabeth and James, Paul & Joe, and Topshop.
Left to right: Joseph Crepe de Chine Shirtdress ($395), Elizabeth and James Deco Ring ($135), Paul & Joe Sheepskin Jacket ($928, originally $1,395), Romygold Wood Handle Bag ($585), Wolford Satin Opaque 50 Tights ($42), Topshop Java Platform Wedges ($130)
Photo courtesy of Greg Kessler
Five years ago, Target started collaborating with some of the industry's best — now it's celebrating Target Go International with a fabulous 34-piece collection created by 17 previously featured designers. Luella Bartley, Tara Jarmon, Paul & Joe, Behnaz Sarafpour, Proenza Schouler, Libertine, Alice Temperley, Erin Fetherston, Jovovich-Hawk, Rogan, Richard Chai, Jonathan Saunders, Thakoon, Tracy Feith, Rodarte, Zac Posen, and Tucker will all contribute fun dresses, available in stores and online March 13 through April 10. While we anxiously wait, here are 10 pieces we hope to see re-created come Spring!
Dresses from Luella Bartley, Rodarte, Proenza Schouler and More Go International Designers to Be Re-Released by Target in March
>> In celebration of its fifth year collaborating with designers, Target will re-release 34 dresses from 17 past Go International participants — to hit most Target stores and online at Target.com on March 13, 2011.
The Go International Designer Collective line, as its being called, will feature signature dresses from the past Target lines of Luella Bartley, Tara Jarmon, Paul & Joe, Behnaz Sarafpour, Proenza Schouler, Libertine, Alice Temperley, Erin Fetherston, Jovovich-Hawk, Rogan, Richard Chai, Jonathan Saunders, Thakoon, Tracy Feith, Rodarte, Zac Posen, and Tucker. Only Patrick Robinson of Gap declined the opportunity to work with Target again, saying he had other commitments. Images of the collection, which will be in stores through April 10, 2011, are expected to be available in February.
If you're a sucker for cool packaging and pretty colors like I am, then the new Paul & Joe Symphony holiday makeup collection should be right up your alley. The old-fashioned floral motif and delicate colors are reminiscent of an earlier era, and the "sheet music" eye shadow singles are beautiful and super-convenient. For my money, I'd say the Holiday Eye and Lip Color Kit in Adagio ($58) is definitely the best bet, but the Autumn Nail Enamel in Sonata or Orchestral ($14) is also on trend and eminently covetable.