Love from New York

I came up to New York on Monday, a bit earlier than I had originally planned (actually, I give myself way too much credit there – I’m not much of a planner). I didn’t want to miss the chance to check out a promising young designer who showed her inaugural collection yesterday at The Greenhouse, a LEED-certified club/space in SoHo. Turns out the lush, intricately-lit space was the perfect fit for FIT grad Allison Parris, who, along with biz partner Marissa Kim, uses organic, repurposed and/or sustainable fabrics and materials. Even the lining is made from recycled plastic bottles. As I Twittered before (no idea what I’m doing with that really, but I’ll figure it out), the line is Anthropologie-pretty without any of the preciousness. No cutesy stuff here – the soft pinks, creams and beiges get toughened up with brass and leather details, all styled up with pitch-perfect tailoring and a slight vintage flair. These clothes are modern, feminine and playful without being fussy.

These clothes would go over well in Washington, particularly the peplum-cut coats, floaty skirts and a navy wool dress that manages to strike that coveted sexy-but-great-for-the-office tone . My fave looks:

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These and more here.

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