“I’ve taken Americana sportswear, and put a feminine edge to it,” declared Jill Stuart in describing her resort collection. The Americana appeared as seersucker stripes on light airy fabrics, in everything from wide-leg pants to tiered dresses; also in sailor-inspired navy cropped tops and pants combos and chambray/denimlike fabrics used for flirtatious dresses and shirts.
The feminine was, more specifically, a “cool girl in the countryside, a rocker amongst the wisteria,” Stuart said. The designer did wallpaper florals in cloqué, most memorably on voluminous peasant dress. Knits were also present in playful multicolor stripes, typical of the Seventies patterns that always inform the designer in some way. To wrap things up, she showed a great red strapless cotton gown.
It all made for a hit — and it was practical, too. “You can go on a trip and take five or six pieces from this collection and wear them in many different ways, and nothing wrinkles,” said Stuart.