Jill Stuart celebrates 25 years
by Ian Laughead
2018 is going to be a year of reflection for ApparelMagic client Jill Stuart. Since her line’s inception in 1993, it has been a consistent power player at New York Fashion Week.
For the label’s 25th anniversary, Stuart took a look back at the archives. Stuart has plenty of material to draw from, with iconic looks like Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash’s unforgettable plaid school-girl looks in the 1995’s Clueless movie.
But as tempting as referencing that cultural touchstone must have been, the designer came at her previous work from another angle, creating a collection that looks like it was pulled from some paradise of a vintage store where they sell only the hits.
Using much of the spring ’18 line to play with opacity and layering, Stuart combined sheer shirtwaist dresses with floral shirts and accessorized lacy cocktail wear with clear plastic belts.
Sticking to a very seventies theme, the prairie dresses harkened back to Picnic at Hanging Rock, and the suiting was Annie Hall perfection. With polka-dotted pussy bow shirts and wide-leg trousers looser than we saw in years, spring’s looks are a throwback in the best possible way.
If Jill Stuart’s first 25 years in the industry are any indication, she’ll still be moving fashion forward 25 years from now.