For the (dare I say it) hipster set, there certainly will be a plethora of crisp-weather staples to look forward to this September, care of one Steven Alan. For fall 2012, the collection is classic Americana, but in the way of Bonnie and Clyde, Annie Hall menswear inspired looks for ladies, and 90s-in-Seattle flannel and deeply-hued chunky knit caps (cashmere, of course).
The presentation was a lesson in layering. For men and women, grey-washed and plaid cottonshirts peeked out from under knit wool sweaters (in both the lightweight and Vermont-fireside chunky varieties), further topped by dark wool coats, striped or plaid wool blazers (the guys), and parkas in shades of tan, olive and slick navy. A more adventurous ensemble was comprised of a checked shirt under a grey wool flared trouser jumpsuit, topped with an autumnal hued color-blocked cardigan and finished with an olive fedora and patent brogues. Perfect for those women who want to channel the 30s-via-the-70s gangster-chic of Faye Dunaway. An ivory silk pussy-bow blouse paired with a light gray wool a-line skirt brought in a more feminine feel, and the lone accent shade of vivid red was a refreshing pop of color in an otherwise dark collection, seen in tomato bright cropped skinny trousers, a poppy-printed peplum pencil dress, and another a-line wool skirt (this one blood red with thin black stripes). There was also a hint of sparkle in gold lame, which was woven through a dark gray brocade, used in cropped pencil trousers and a girlish, long sleeve, high waist cocktail dress (complete with aforementioned cashmere beanie for that casual-cool appeal Steven Alan does so well).
A ditzy print shirt with matching mid-calf a line skirt, paired with an olive parka, gray crew socks and tan brogues had me jonesing for Stumptown coffee and a walk through the rainsoaked pacific northwest, while sharp wool suits with skinny ties and casual accents (sneakers, fedoras slightly askew) had all the men looking like Joseph Gordon Levitt. With a well edited mix, the collection makes achieving that effortless-cool, which is often so hard to achieve, seem so easy.