Bloomie’s + Jill Stuart

By Sophia Mossberg • Sep 10th, 2009 • Category: Style   

Fall’s wardrobe for dinners, dates, and lucky days just got more feminine, flirty, and best yet, more affordable. New York based designer Jill Stuart has teamed up with Bloomingdale’s to create a set of frocks that retail for decidedly less than her runway looks. While Stuart’s Fall ’09 RTW collection screamed glam rock-meets-ice queen (you guessed it, a smattering of edgy black and supple white), the new Bloomie’s line is soft and simple with classic lines, duel tone hues, and romantic silhouettes.

Fitted, strapless necklines are key to the collection. Bustier dresses come in all textures, including the simple Two-Tone Bustier Dress ($228), the Satin Bustier Dress with corset-like detailing ($188), and the Lace Bustier Dress with Ruffle Skirt Overlay ($248). The form-fitting frocks are softened with figure flattering A-line finishing. Think satin, lace, and sheer gauze with delicate ornamentation and scalloped necklines (and don’t forget empire waists all around). Along with the rest of the design world, whose collaborations and diffusion lines have bloomed in this market of thrift, Stuart’s work will surely reach a new, eager clientele—perhaps with a smaller budget, but with chic sensibility just the same.

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