As any street style star north of Sydney will tell you, it’s the brand’s billowing flares that put it on the map. This time around, the attention is squarely at shoulder level, with an array of different statement sleeves—ruffled, ruched, leg-of-mutton—that would make for an Instagram photo op on the sidewalk of just about any fashion capital. Having successfully launched denim a couple of seasons ago, the Australian brand is expanding its accessories offering, too, with a full shoe collection launching for Resort. After the mismatched Calder-inspired statement earrings, the sculptural Chelsea boot is a trophy piece cool girls will want to take home for keeps. And if you thought atheleisure was a dirty word, then the bell-sleeved sweatshirt and slouchy racing-stripe track pants might change your mind.
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There is a certain look that’s prevalent among the urban-centered, young(ish), freewheeling females of coastal America and Western Europe, especially on the weekends. You could probably call it boho-lite: There’s usually an army jacket involved, a vintage-looking blouse or sundress, maybe a boy fit jean or something tighter and cooler that alludes to great legs and a past propensity for nightlife. It’s the elder sister of the “model off-duty,” who doesn’t look out of place picking up the kids from school or going on a brunch date. It is a comfortable look, one that ensures you will never look like you are trying too hard. In fact, the only real risk involved is running into someone else wearing the same thing. Sound familiar? It should. This is a Joie girl, they are everywhere, and thanks to VP of design Rachel Wilder-Hill, they should be very happy come spring.
“We always have one foot in California, one foot in Paris,” said Wilder-Hill, by which, of course, she meant they stand astride the very idea of “cool girl.” Wilder-Hill sourced vintage prints from flea markets, her own personal photographs, and wallpaper samples for filmy blouses and tiered sundresses. The prettiest of these was a pale watercolor floral that “came to me in a vision,” she said. Other items (patchworked Indian block prints) were more traditionally the stuff of travels abroad and inherited hauls; though as Wilder-Hill pointed out, the Joie girls do “not want to look like they’ve just escaped from their grandmother’s attic.” Reliable best-sellers for the brand like eyelet, crochet, and lace turned up in easy shifts and trapeze tops (all the better to pair with those high-waisted jeans), and the only real challenge, said Wilder-Hill, is finding something new to do with them. Have faith, though: The Joie girl will figure it out.
'How do I feel?' asked Jonathan Saunders as he presented his debut S/S17 collection for DvF in New York on Sunday. 'Happy! I am <so> happy!' The Scottish designer was appointed chief creative office for the iconic brand in May this year, just a few months after closing the doors on his own London-based label. With his fearless use of colour and love of bold print, he was a clever choice: this was proved by the pieces he showed to editors during one-on-one appointments, which were imbued with an unexpected and spirited new sensibility. 'It began with the mission to make desirable clothes that are effortless but imaginative,' he said. 'It's about fluidity, movement, sensuality and spontaneity.' While remaining respectful of Diane von Furstenberg's legacy – yes, the wrap dress is still there – Saunders gave everything a great big jolt of modernity. Wide-legged trousers with a folded-over waists and bright piping, ruffled silk dresses printed with abstract florals, supple suede trench coats with the ease of cardigans, all-over sequinned tops to shrug on like a T-shirt: there was just so much to love. No wonder he's happy; when it hits shop floors, we will be too!
Arriving in store and online February 2017