On Monday I attended the Jill Stuart show at the New York Public Library. While the venue left something to be desired, the collection was everything one might expect from Jill Stuart: pretty, fashionable, sophisticated, and sweet. The designer is an expert at fusing sexiness with innocence, and the result is a selection of pieces which are not sexy in an ostentatious way like the work of Roberto Cavalli or Versace, but in a more thoughtful, unassuming manner. I am personally a big fan of Stuart's clothes, and as this collection was somewhat reminiscent of Anne Valerie Hash Spring 2007, whose work I also adore, I was guaranteed to like what I saw at Jill Stuart.
Trends for Spring 2007 apparent in this collection include lace overlays (not pictured), sheer materials, mini skirts and ultra short shorts, ruffles, tiers, white, volume, satin, and even bright pink, which we are actually seeing in a number of collections.
As an economist, one thing I should mention about Jill Stuart is that relative to other designer lines, her line is priced quite reasonably. Her prices range from about $300 to $800 per dress, but if you hit her store during an end-of-season sale, expect to score something amazing for anything from $150 to $400.
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