Last Thursday I was invited to preview the Ann Taylor Fall 2010 Collection at an event held in the lobby of the Ace Hotel in New York City, a location which proved to be the perfect backdrop for the clothes which mixed "European sophistication with timeless American style." The palette of mostly dark, neutral solids was punctuated with the occasional chic leopard print, brushstroke print or crisp white blouse. Everything had a luxe, ladylike feel, revealed in elegant satin, chunky knits, dramatic collared coats, tailored blazers, pencil skirts and fitted sheaths.
But what really made the collection pop was the accessories (which I will devote another post to shortly)—gorgeous statement necklaces, big bracelets and cocktail rings that looked plucked from a great aunt's vintage jewelry chest. Scarves, skinny belts and supple leather bags and shoes rounded out the looks. I think Ann Taylor's clients will be happy with this collection that looks Uptown yet unfussy, easy to wear yet fashion-forward. Look for this collection, with prices ranging from $54 for a pearl and rhinestone tee to $348 for a leather motorcycle jacket, towards the end of summer in stores and online at anntaylor.com. Keep scrolling to see all the looks!