From my last post you can see I just came back from NYC. Since moving away 3 years ago, I've felt like a version of Sleeping Beauty - my waning inspiration and large lack of excitment have been waiting to be awaken from a dark, deep slumber. I assure you, the decision to move back was not an easy one (I cried the entire flight home!), but that is another post entirely. Anyhow, in the next few posts I will uncover my finds. I was amazed at these new lines and how far ready-to-wear has come in just a few short years. The design, fabrics, cut, drapery and fit have changed completely from what it once was when I worked in the industry.
When I first saw AllSaints I was (for lack of a better word) awe struck. The line has been around since the 90's, but recently arrived in the U.S. with limited supply and is an ironic list of contradictions...structured yet gorgeously unexpected architecture, feminine with a powerful masculine influence, classic with a modern edge feel - and more importantly extremely definable. When I asked around, everyone in New York had the same opinion about AllSaints - you know it when you see it. It's very recognizability is the line's thumbprint and selling point.
This has become my new favorite line ~ along with Comptoir Des Cotonniers (which I'll also blog about this week) because their entire line that consisting of shoes, accessories & menswear are all equal standouts. Each could stand on it's own, but compliment one another wonderfully & assist in the unfolding of the complete story season after season.