“It’s holiday time, so we all want a little bit of sparkle,” said Ann Taylor creative director Lisa Axelson. She wasn’t talking glitter and fireworks for holiday, but sophisticated glamour exemplified by a tailored leopard jacquard coat and a strapless black peplum top worn over bronzed jacquard pants in an animal pattern. There were also several black lace details, whether appliquéd on a white coat or on a feminine blouse peeking out beneath a tuxedo jacket. “I like to think of it as real-world glamour because she still goes to work,” said Axelson of her customer, who is looking for “desk-to-dinner, desk-to-party” clothes. Rounding out the presentation was a holiday “Wish List” with 12 themes, among them “Best in Bow,” “Touch of Lace,” “The Couture T” and “Haute Hue,” illustrated through corresponding table displays.
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?"