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Wednesday, April 29th 2009

bewitching woman


Fringe shawls, twirling tambourines, the enigmatic aura of some mystical sorceress in silk chiffon. Not just a “girl with the band,” but a girl leading the band with one of the most recognizable rasps in rock ‘n’ roll. Of course I’m talking about the golden goddess of rock herself, Stevie Nicks. Her beautiful bohemian fairy persona has been influencing both the street (check out this Pipeline retrospective) and the catwalks of late. Here’s a breakdown of the designers who want to swathe us in stand-back style.

Were the Jill Stuart and Diane von Furstenberg spring runways taking cues from the “Gypsy” video perhaps? Both collections are pure fairytale magic. Stuart’s take on the modern ballerina (another Nicks fascination) couldn’t be more on pointe, and who doesn’t want to wear one of those romantic DVF floral headdresses 24/7?

Jill Stuart’s fall ’09 collection, inspired by “iconic women of music,” channels Ms. Nicks through eternally cool leather and lace duets. And when it comes to that ’70s bella donna vibe, Anna Sui is our go-to gal. Her fall ’09 line is dripping with old-school decadence in the form of buttoned-up velvet and lace evocations coupled with poetic feather accents.


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