In her first collection as creative director of Ann Taylor, Austyn Zung, who already heads the design teams for Ann Inc.’s Loft and Lou & Grey lines, envisioned Ernest Hemingway — “an alluring American figure who surrounded himself with…a glamorous crowd, but also lived this rough life” — in Havana, Cuba, which the writer called home for 22 years.
Rooted in classic American sportswear silhouettes — crisp poplin shirting, linen shirtdresses, pleated skirts, lightweight knits, feminine A-line dresses, an updated trench — Zung infused her debut spring lineup with leafy palm, floral and pineapple prints with pops of yellow and red, drawing from the colors, architecture and vegetation of the Caribbean isle. There was a soft fluidity throughout, as in wide-legged pants with a high waist done in various lengths — one, a pair of culottes in a luxe camel suede — as well as pajama-inspired separates in allover prints.
“This has been really exciting for me because I get to think of women in this whole scope — from Lou & Grey to Loft and now to Ann Taylor,” Zung said. “The DNA of each of those brands feels different, and needs to continue to feel different.”