Drawing inspiration from French sculptor Louise Bourgeois, the Loeffler Randall fall 2009 collection has a decidedly edgier feel than seasons past. Designer Jessie Randall writes about her inspiration in her blog: “There is a subtle aggression and anger in Bourgeois’ art, and this also inspired harder edge styles.” That edge comes out in draped grey bands on a slim pencil skirt—a direct homage to Bourgeois’ spider sculptures—and silver buckles that transform the Matilde silhouette into the equally streamlined, yet markedly tougher Marti Boot.
But the feminine polish is not lost. You see it in the smooth curves on each pair of comfortable-as-they-are-chic shoes and in the dresses that accentuate the female form’s best features. The Shoulder Trim Dress offers a clean silhouette with a nod to the strong shoulder trend, and the Corded Hexagon Blouse plays to the season’s hard-edge inspiration in a sweetly timeless way.
Loeffler Randall, launched in 2005 as an answer to the designer’s shoe cravings, has veered in a subtle new direction, all the while ensuring each piece remains an investment in your fashion future.