Jill Stuart: country meets city

Jill Stuart had me at her opening outfit: a below-the-knee silk dress with a vibrant owl print. It’s hard not to love something that’s emblazoned with cute woodland animal motifs, and Stuart’s wily foxes and birds in flight were hard to ignore. Further into her New York fashion week show the animal motifs gave way to furs and bespeckled Bambi-like pelts. When she wasn’t taking us on a trip through the Black Forest, Stuart stuck to slick and sophisticated outfits in earthy, rustic blocks of colour.

By night Stuart’s fall 2011 girl is something of a modern flapper, hitting the town in deco designs with pleats and drop-waists, shimmering fabrics and a vintage-inspired colour palette. For day or night, the stark realisation is that Stuart’s grunge girl from last Fall is long gone. Instead, here is a collection of sophisticated looks will surely not disappoint.

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