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In Bloom:
The Claire Skirt

We can’t say enough about the sweetest print of the season, toile garden pink. This traditional floral shines on the Claire skirt, with contrast paneling that lends just enough edge for the modern lady. We’re nominating the Claire for all the season’s rooftop parties, with an easy silk t-shirt and flirty gingham accessories like the Vera heel, and a chic mini bag.

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Jessica Joffe’s Spring Picks

Better late than never, amirite? Finally temperatures in the Frozen Apple constitute something approaching springtime, so we should all mark the occasion by shedding our somber winter layers and running into the streets with as little obstructing our limbs as possible to embark on a multi-month dialogue with the sunshine.

Lace is a wonderfully transitional and celebratory fabric, and cut into a loose, casual shape these long sleeve tops (in a nautical stripe, or green to match the crocuses rearing their little heads) are spring staples for me. Paired with a nautical striped short or our new and deliciously high-waisted kick-flare denim you’ll be the best dressed girl in your neighborhood as everyone else figures out how to adjust their dark winter wardrobe to the newly vibrant surroundings.

Speaking of vibrant, cameras may be the new accessory, but if you can’t take a photo to save your life (like yours truly) just fake it by carrying this very convincing camera clutch. No one will ever know the difference. Add a selfie-stick to complete the ruse.

Sunglasses are a must, even indoors. It means you can more or less roll out of bed, save at least 3 minutes you would otherwise spend covering up last night’s sins and still look cooler than everyone you’re with. Aviators also add a dash of mystery. Maybe you’re really a fighter pilot and haven’t told anyone.

If you’re in the mood to bare those legs (which should be the universal mandate as soon as temperatures rise above 32) this whimsical cotton floral dress is your best friend. Throw a leather jacket over it to punk it up, or a cashmere cardigan to sweeten it up; no matter what mood you’re in, you can always wear it with our new spring sandal. With a low heel so perfectly young, modern and practical you may have to get it in every color. Good news: our store is stocked. Happy spring!

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Work to Weekend:
The Carrie Dress

The Carrie little black dress is ready for business. With a sharp colorblock pump and a graphic clutch, she joins a grand tradition of simple statement chic. The Carrie little white dress can’t wait for a Saturday morning stroll, with a sweet Bea sneaker and a crossbody bag. One flattering shape, in one versatile stretch fabric. The only thing that’s up for debate is which Carrie is more essential.

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Davina:
The Bathing Dress

The Davina is truly inspired by life on the beach–Diane calls it the bathing dress, as it channels the woman arriving to dine with a sarong tied over her suit. In a dramatic gown length, the floating Davina brings that je ne said quoi, even away from the sea breeze. Keep accessories bold and sexy: a big gold bangle, the indispensable Vera heel, and a pink After 6 should do the trick!

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The Unexpected Cocktail Look

The cocktail dress. It’s indispensable. A classic! But sometimes we’re in favor of something a little more… unexpected. Cue the Little Black Romper. Perfectly at home with the usual suspects (flawless heel, dazzling minaudière), the Purdette lace romper is ready to take any evening in a fresh new direction.

 

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Jessica Joffe’s Spring Picks

Better late than never, amirite? Finally temperatures in the Frozen Apple constitute something approaching springtime, so we should all mark the occasion by shedding our somber winter layers and running into the streets with as little obstructing our limbs as possible to embark on a multi-month dialogue with the sunshine.

Lace is a wonderfully transitional and celebratory fabric, and cut into a loose, casual shape these long sleeve tops (in a nautical stripe, or green to match the crocuses rearing their little heads) are spring staples for me. Paired with a nautical striped short or our new and deliciously high-waisted kick-flare denim you’ll be the best dressed girl in your neighborhood as everyone else figures out how to adjust their dark winter wardrobe to the newly vibrant surroundings.

Speaking of vibrant, cameras may be the new accessory, but if you can’t take a photo to save your life (like yours truly) just fake it by carrying this very convincing camera clutch. No one will ever know the difference. Add a selfie-stick to complete the ruse.

Sunglasses are a must, even indoors. It means you can more or less roll out of bed, save at least 3 minutes you would otherwise spend covering up last night’s sins and still look cooler than everyone you’re with. Aviators also add a dash of mystery. Maybe you’re really a fighter pilot and haven’t told anyone.

If you’re in the mood to bare those legs (which should be the universal mandate as soon as temperatures rise above 32) this whimsical cotton floral dress is your best friend. Throw a leather jacket over it to punk it up, or a cashmere cardigan to sweeten it up; no matter what mood you’re in, you can always wear it with our new spring sandal. With a low heel so perfectly young, modern and practical you may have to get it in every color. Good news: our store is stocked. Happy spring!

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Davina:
The Bathing Dress

The Davina is truly inspired by life on the beach–Diane calls it the bathing dress, as it channels the woman arriving to dine with a sarong tied over her suit. In a dramatic gown length, the floating Davina brings that je ne said quoi, even away from the sea breeze. Keep accessories bold and sexy: a big gold bangle, the indispensable Vera heel, and a pink After 6 should do the trick!

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In Bloom:
The Claire Skirt

We can’t say enough about the sweetest print of the season, toile garden pink. This traditional floral shines on the Claire skirt, with contrast paneling that lends just enough edge for the modern lady. We’re nominating the Claire for all the season’s rooftop parties, with an easy silk t-shirt and flirty gingham accessories like the Vera heel, and a chic mini bag.

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Work to Weekend:
The Carrie Dress

The Carrie little black dress is ready for business. With a sharp colorblock pump and a graphic clutch, she joins a grand tradition of simple statement chic. The Carrie little white dress can’t wait for a Saturday morning stroll, with a sweet Bea sneaker and a crossbody bag. One flattering shape, in one versatile stretch fabric. The only thing that’s up for debate is which Carrie is more essential.

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The Unexpected Cocktail Look

The cocktail dress. It’s indispensable. A classic! But sometimes we’re in favor of something a little more… unexpected. Cue the Little Black Romper. Perfectly at home with the usual suspects (flawless heel, dazzling minaudière), the Purdette lace romper is ready to take any evening in a fresh new direction.

 

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Daisy:
The Picnic Dress

The Daisy was made for a perfect summer afternoon. Unassuming yet glamorous, and perfectly nipped at the waist, this “picnic dress” is one of the season’s key silhouettes. Play up the Daisy’s many charms with a gingham scarf, a chic Vera heel, and clean accessories in white and gold. Ideal for lounging on the terrace at the Hôtel du Cap, this is the epitome of effortless summer elegance.

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The New Suit

Imagine a suit that’s soft, polished, and travels with ease. Form fitting and buttoned up. A classic feel, with modern proportions. The Lacie jacket and Walda skirt, in clean stripes of stretch knit cotton, are ready to go from baggage claim to the board room without a wrinkle in sight. Fresh and chic, with a touch of that South-of-France ease, this is the new suit.

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Spring Fling:
The Julianna Lace Wrap Dress

Surely two things we love are better than one. That’s why we’ve taken our stretch lace (of Zarita fame) and created this fresh new wrap dress for springtime fêtes. With delicate scalloped edges and a soft jersey lining, the sweet Julianna is ready to celebrate with gilded accessories like the dance-all-night Kinder sandal, the sleek After 6 clutch, and a fluid, dazzling drape necklace. The best news of all? The Julianna also comes in sleeveless and gown silhouettes, so that’s three new things we love!

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My Blue Heaven

We love the world through the eyes of Natalie Joos: witty, unexpected and always with a vintage twist. The stylist extraordinaire took our Spring Collection to L.A., where she found herself some It girls and fabulous locales and started snapping away. Over the next few weeks we’ll be revealing Natalie’s gorgeous, sun-soaked images, so check back, and read more about the shoot, inspiration, and tips for wearing these Spring styles now.

Tell us about your inspiration for the shoot.
The inspiration started with the clothes. Diane and her team had envisioned this collection in Saint-Tropez. It was for the fun, chic and relaxed girl on the French Riviera. Names like Brigitte Bardot came to mind and I felt it had something ‘50s too. Since I was going to be in Los Angeles, I imagined this collection could work very well in a pastel-colored environment, with a retro twist. When my producer showed me the Pink Motel, I know we had to shoot there. The rest was all improv.

And how did you decide on the girls?
I always have my ear on the ground for the new It girls. In each city I visit and want to shoot, I find out from reliable resources, in this case one of my previous muses and local LA girl, who the cool kids on the block are. Then I do my research online and on Instagram and start to form my own image of them. Z Berg looked really fun and photogenic and I loved the fact that she was in a band. She suggested to shoot with her friend Paige, a very pretty girl who happens to be dating one of Z’s exes. I loved the organic nature of the process. As soon as we spoke on the phone I knew we’d have fun together. They had the right kind of energy and enthusiasm.

What about the Spring Collection drew you to an old hotel in LA?
We had a lot of different ideas before we landed on the hotel. We thought about a house with a pool, or the beach, or the Venice canals. But in the end we thought the colors would pop best at the Pink Motel. For me the collection has a retro feel, a little bit ‘60s at times, sometimes ‘70s, and I thought it worked well against an old pastel backdrop like that. It would also give the shoot that Cali feeling.

How does New York vintage differ from California vintage?
California vintage is more grunge and bohemian. New York is a little bit more structured I would say. But in the end every vintage store caters to the same customer. We all love old things and we wear them all over the world.

What was your favorite piece to work with?
I am really smitten with the little bralets. They’re so pretty and sexy!

Diane loves an unexpected twist, and your work seems to capture that so well. What can you tell us about the art of the unexpected?
In order to keep people interested you have to keep changing and moving forward. People get so bored of repetition. They want to be surprised, or shocked, or simply amazed. I am not a fan of the banal. I am always looking for new ways to not only inspire myself but also others. Fashion is about experimenting and about having fun. And if you want to keep people’s attention, you have to keep them on their toes.

Travel is such a frequent part of your work…what are your travel essentials? 
I am a little bit of a travel expert now, I think. Packing happens on autopilot. Foremost I need earplugs! Can’t sleep without them. A moisturizing mask. A good book. My favorite sunglasses. My running shoes and gear.

Finally, for those of us for whom Spring has arrived but it’s still freezing, any tips on how to wear the things we love now?
The key is cashmere, on your bare skin. It should be your first layer: a tight fitting cashmere long sleeve T-shirt. I guarantee nothing gets through. I wore a white one under my Spring shirt for the DVF show, and it became super ‘70s like that. I wore “summer” pants during the Fall shows but I wore wool tights under them. Always a hat, to prevent your body from cooling down. Gloves. And at least 3 layers.
Winter doesn’t get to me at all.

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Weekend Ready:
Gingham

You’ve met the new gingham clutch, gingham for the work week, gingham on a romantic new wrap. If that seems like enough of the season’s hottest print, we’d like to point out that something’s missing from the lineup: the perfect casual weekend look. In the print that’s equal parts vintage and absolutely of the moment, this chic bracelet-sleeve Giselle top and perfectly proportioned Fausta short might possibly be our favorite look of all!

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Go For It:
The Cut-out Floral

Confession: that blockbuster Matisse show? We visited it well, frequently. But months before our infatuation, while MoMA was still busy collecting Cut-outs, those works were a hot topic in our print room. Matisse’s technique inspired a bold modern floral in our Spring collection. And speaking of bold, that’s our favorite way to go with the print—a crisp pleated skirt and bra top are our new favorites for weekend travel. We’ll throw on a light scarf (and sensible-yet-chic sandals) for exploring the town, then leave it behind for a striking after dark look.

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