Sunday, March 18, 2012



Voluminous sleeves, mixed fabrics with decorative smock collar- and longer back hems that ensure tucked in blouses stay put-or worn as a belted tunic-not too blouse-y in front for a more polished profile, imo

Midtown, NYC

Cape shearling jacket-with cut as if with 3/4 bracelet sleeves length-to allow for easy use of hands-elegant and practical

words/images Judith Ecochard

German based fashion designer, Dorothee Schumacher's inspiration for her F/W 2012 collection was partly in tribute to the French icon, Madame Grès- acclaimed for the diaphanous silk folds of her long grecian style gowns..."a symbol of modernity if the designs from the 30's and 40's..."

prints-playful birds and a "lucky leaf" themes

reminiscent of decorative upholstery fabric---but made of luxurious silk-feminine coat with wide sleeves

slim skirt-with slit in back

also comes with matching pants as seen in the runway show

Since we had the luck of attending a Schumacher RTW in Berlin, several years ago...we have been reviewing each seasons' output---(the latest Fall 2011). While the colors, fabrics, silhouettes, and accessories may change, the DNA of this lifestyle brand never does...always, always, an exquisitely crafted collection of sophisticated separates and satchels for modern women-who work, who travel, who appreciate quality apparel no matter the time of day, or night---

silk lined, double breast peacoat/evening jacket gets glamorous-with a tuxedo shawl collar-with attached jewel stones trim at the collar

...that we unmatched by few designers, anywhere in the world...for prices that are more accessible then some of the big names that get the major editorial coverage---on this side of the globe, anyway. 

super soft-hand made knits

fancy patterns with lurex cable stitching

pleated back in a crisp white shirt-a classic

shiny silk slim pants with hand knit vest

At a recent midtown preview for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2012 season, some key looks from this rather extensive collection of separates, handbags, shoes and accessories---were presented...and as always-the fabrics, knits, details, trims and quality were unique and outstanding...

two toned peplum leather jacket that buttery soft-

We just went through the racks of clothes, grabbing pieces that grabbed our eyeballs---and had a hard time narrowing it down to a few items. The overall color themes-pearl rose, pink sapphire, aquamarine blue, emerald and ruby,,,with white, chestnut and black...soothing neutrals jazzed up with pops of citrine and violet always one of the first things we notice...followed by the absolutely luxurious textiles used...

princess shaped seamed dress with black cap sleeves-flattering for many body types


long back zipper-design element
There were many feminine/tailored to the body but not tight... just lovely really---- dresses...with perfectly flared sleeves in one, cap sleeves in several that we think would work well under blazer or sweater for chilly teems...long back zippers that function and add a tad of metal for pop---all seasons appropriate and wear now or in five years.

shoulders tailored flawlessly-with darts for flat finish that doesn't gape
Sturdy wool jackets---are versatile pair with denim or flirty feather skirts for more dress-up needs.

What we want--- this polished pantsuit....a trim, crepe wool suit-with the blazer-cute and womanly-sassy with a school boy vibe---paired with matching slim pants-lined so as to hang properly. Many other labels may offer similar ensembles-but with Schumacher-the details are exceptional....

slightly pronounced shoulder

pocket details on back-fabric has a bit of stretch too-for comfort
Skirts were also fitted-with high waists to accentuate and flatter---a "svelte V-silhouette."
skirt with leather trim-will look fresh for years in any wardrobe-for gals 20's-80's

knits with silk slim pants-luxury casual wear

Coats and jackets =equally as impeccably made---and easy additions to any wardrobe....

silk collar, shoulders with just the right amount of definition-in a pretty blue

Another favorite-this high tech jacket-with high style-multi-layers, as it were---with performance fabric inside, quilted stretch under arm panels for stretch...
this ruched quilted jacket can be layered or worn on its own for year round wear...underneath a cape...or on top of warm  sweaters or a tee

cropped version/bomber style in pink available too

Meticulous-curved seams two tone skirt in neutrals ---with silk blouse pictured at the top


Accessories are stunning-and as adeptly made as the clothes...

Wide to medium width leather belts with cross stitching, suede and patent leather textures, and exceptional hardware-for decorative claps....are made to be seen and accentuate the waist.

Elegant and sexy: pointy toes for booties and pumps---in colors that match-up with Schumacher's seasonal offering-but that will also add some pizazz when paired with any neutral tones. No clunky platforms here.

soft clutches 

A Haute Jewelry Collection-----necklaces in the "lucky Leaf" pattern designed to be worn over knits, with matching dangling earrings, , ear clips and cuff gold and "shiny platinum."

our top pic-this patent leather tote aka Bianca Bag with leather trim,  chain handles and fringe details...roomy and stylish

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