Tuesday, February 3, 2009
STONEWEAR DESIGNS®: FEMININE SEPARATES FOR BUSY LIVES
Image courtesy of Stonewear Designs
FLEXIBLE WARDROBE OPTIONS FOR WOMEN FALL 2009
"LIVE THE LIFE YOU'VE IMAGINED"
Outdoor Retail Market, Salt Lake City Palace, UTAH
Words, Images Judith Ecochard
We were/are embarrassed…not only were we late for our appointment with Stonewear Designs® (exhibiting in the Climber’s Section, appropriate for a Boulder based design biz founded by women climbers))…but we did little prep work on the line too. Bad.
But we got an education worthy of any Ivy League bound senior smarty, we are happy to say…and really think the colorful (prints and solids), easy wearing, mix and match garb of this twelve plus year old collection…is spot on for what women want.
Meaning multi-tasking wardrobe options that can keep up with the lives they lead.
And are flattering for all body types.
And made in the USA!!!!
“It all began with fun, cute tops…like ‘The Twister Top ($44),’" according to Director Kitty Bradley. Made for full figured gals who need bra-like support…this sexy top can be worn alone as a basic (leisure) and under a blazer (for work). And it’s made from 90% organic cotton (YEAH) and 10% spandex for hold.
We absolutely loved the other tank options too…”The Dryflex® Double Cross Top ($42),” “The Momentum Tank ($46)” and “The Lyra Top ($48)”…both feminine, supportive and quick drying/moisture wicking basics for “workout to dinner out.”
One of the most elegant items we saw at the entire show---is the Sojourn Jacket ($98)…with slimming princess seams that skim the body---ending with a subtle tapered flair at its mid thigh length hem. Made from the new luxurious wool-like but washable Ponte Roma fabric, this item is practically wrinkle free from what we could see…and with the companion Sojourn Tunic ($98) and Sojourn Trouser ($90)- makes packing for a long weekend AND looking pulled together… idiot proof.
Other things to love about Stonewear Designs® include the Lola Hoody" in Mulberry ($64) made from super soft micropoly fabric with 4 way stretch…and thumb holes for additional warmth.
The versatile French Terry/Nylon/Lycra “Nimble Skirt ($58)” slips on ...but manages to drape well (not cheap looking) thanks to a drawstring waist, 1 inch side panels with detailed stitching, and a double stitched hem.
There’s a lot to be said for this well priced line…the details and construction of the pieces are usually found on garments that cost a whole lot more.