Now that Paris Fashion Week is over, our buyers have had a chance to figure out what they want for fall. Jen Mankins, Bird owner, is already on the phone with Isabel Marant, Tsumori Chisato, and Vanessa Bruno.
This bohemian-cool collection has a cultlike following and is hands-down my best-selling brand. Slouchy trousers and pocket skirts are layered with military-inspired jackets and vests, all worn with perfectly scrunched suede tall boots. There was a strong Native American influence in the stunning embroidered tunics and fringed dresses. Plaids were important too, both in traditional black-and-red wool flannel and in slub-silk dresses and button-downs. I am already pining for the amazing fox-fur-lined jackets and coats!
This designer’s season was a study in contrasts. Dark, moody blacks and grays were offset by striking looks in all-white and cream, while slinky silk dresses and trousers were paired with tailored wool jackets and coats. Fur was very important: It showed up in every look from fuzzy white skullcaps to a chubby cropped jacket and long vest in the most beautiful shade of dark green. Gorgeous, layered silk-printed dresses were inspired by butterflies and their patterned wings. One of my favorite looks was the black silk cocktail dress, whose exaggerated fringed hem can double as a built-in scarf.