Sunday, December 16, 2012


lef-t crimson/navy stretch blend skirt $210, navy silk crepe de chine camisole $220, navy white stripe stretch blend jacket $435, right-crimson silk crepe de chine blouse $275, navy stretch double knit cloth skirt $235
Midtown, NYC

words/images Judith Ecochard

Italian inspired ---and exclusive Italian sourced fabrics- made into classic pretty pastel dresses,  dresses and African animal prints and nautically themed separates-were highlights of the Doncaster Spring 2013 collection previewed several weeks ago.

grrr take on a trench-saddle/black tiger print stretch cotton coat $575
This double weave navy cotton jacquard jacket $525 and skirt $250 combo-stunning
Impressive---the quality of the clothes---which we thought classically silhouetted, tasteful---and clearly appropriate for women who lead multi-tasking modern lives.
details, details-like how well the shoulder seams of the navy/white strip stretch blend jacket are joined together-with the stripes matching up $425

wonderful knit fabric- Saddle Multi Masai Stripe Cotton Knit, $240. 

black/saddle tencel tunic $260

our top selection-this pretty pale kiwi multi-layer jacquard shift dress -with an overlay of lace $525

on the right -a flatting black/white double knit cloth dress $385-also available in women's sizes

shimmering safari jacket-gets an urban take for work to nights out glamor

jacket-black multi baccara rose stretch cotton $450

actually a dress with a top part
New-the collaboration between Doncaster and jeweler Kara Ross---with an African safari serving as a point of departure for made in the USA designs---including the maple twisted tortoise resin link necklace and bracelet-pictured here.

Available through Doncaster stylists---and e-commerce on the Doncaster website

Helios + Luna -is a stylish collection of womenswear sold in upscale department stores. For Spring 2013 the fairly new label ---showed a rather large collection of sports-inspired separates, wonderful printed graphic separates in bold colors, and items with construction details---that reminded us of "deconstruction" like outside seams, zig-zag zippers and sheer fabrics- mixed with solid textures.

All designed by Patricia Clyne (also the designer of Doncaster, fyi).

this was our fav look

The modern pieces in solid tones --- mixed well with the softer feminine looks---and reflects the needs of female consumers who dress in different fashion modes, depending on their mood.

Brocaded fabrics add an elegance-to a classic double breasted trench---and these pretty pink pants. Dress up or down---versatile pieces...and contemporary prices ($200-$400),