“I think after that whole crazy color trend, I really wanted to go back to something classic,” said Ann Taylor’s creative director Lisa Axelson, referencing the recent obsession with neons that has consumed the mass market. Conceived as the antidote to such, her fall collection for Ann Taylor was steeped in “American classicism,” anchored in a rich palette of black, camel, navy and oxblood, with silhouettes that balanced the traditional with modern edge. The label’s signature animal print took form in a leopard-floral hybrid used on slim pants and nice tailored jackets. There was a sharply cut tweed moto jacket, classic Bengal striped silk shirts and touches of polka dots and lace for a polished but not prim look. It was all tied together with plenty of equestrian-style accessories, many of them in vegan faux leathers, a new move for the house.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"