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Inside Steven Alan

Fall Collection Notes & Inspiration

  • (Not so) innocents abroad: this may well be an apt description for Steven Alan’s Men’s and Women’s collection for Fall 2009.  Steven Alan combines his celebrated, subversive approach to American classics—bold colors, unique fit, and uncompromising attention to detail—with inspiration drawn in equal parts from the revolutionary fashions of the mid-to-late 1960s, as well as from the storied tradition of American heritage work wear.  From the French New Wave—under the long shadows of Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, and Jean Seberg—and the crisp, studied silhouettes of the American collegiate scene in the 60s to the subversive and infamous Chicago Seven,  full-color traditions of outdoor wear, Steven Alan’s Fall collection sees the introduction of a whole host of new, exciting silhouettes, a greatly-expanded selection of outerwear, and an expanded take on his signature shirting for men and women.

    As well as featuring an improved fit on carry-over styles such as the Dora Pant (in Wool and Herringbone), the Tippi Coat, and the Soma Dress, the Steven Alan Women’s collection for Fall 2009 combines a 1960s collegiate style with hints of the French New Wave.   The collection sees the introduction several new outerwear pieces, including the belted Jane Trench, the Sherman Coat (replete with wooden buttons and breast and hip pockets), and the cutaway Ellington Coat.  In addition, Steven Alan greatly expands on his popular line of Women’s pants, introducing such unique silhouettes as the Dora Britches (a more cropped version of his popular Dora Trouser), the flared Peter Pant, and the relaxed, versatile Dorothy Slacks.  As fall moves into winter, Steven Alan’s later deliveries bring our girl to the countryside, with pieces designed for a more rugged, outdoor feel, such as the Hayley Sweater, and a full selection of Women’s shirting, in bold, durable flannels—as well as a selection of striped knit caps, as much a wardrobe staple as a must-wear for the winter.

    For Men, Steven Alan offers what is by far his most expansive, versatile, and exciting collection to date, chock full of new silhouettes, outwear pieces, and his tried-and-true shirting.  The shirting in the first Fall delivery shows the influence of French New Wave and a Steven Alan take on American collegiate and prep school fashion, and feature pattern accents in black, red, and white color schemes, polka dots, and stripes, with silhouettes including a tab collar shirt in washed oxford cloth, contrast color end-on-end shirting, and enzyme-washed solids.  Delivery Two shirting, meanwhile, draws on the durability and full-bodied color of such traditional American workwear manufacturers as Pendleton, Woolrich, and L.L. Bean.  Two new shirts in particular—the Vintage Workshirt in rugged, textured flannels, and the Jersey Lined Reverse Seam—offers the comfort, uniqueness, and wearability expected of a Steven Alan shirt.  A new pant silhouette, the Pleated Narrow Trouser, offers a subversive take on a classic staple of the American office and academy.  Carry-over styles such as the Martin Pant and the Layman Pant—one of our most popular men’s pant silhouettes makes a return!—offer two silhouettes that can function equally well as either casual, everyday wear, or as part of a more dressy ensemble.  The pants in Delivery Two draw heavily from on a rustic and rugged tradition.  The Military Chino features a relaxed, vintage military silhouette in washed Bedford corduroy, replete with laurel tack buttons, and a Buckle Back Deck Pant in stone-washed twill offers a vintage-inspired back-buckle adjustment.  The combined influence of French New Wave and traditional American wear can also be seen in the collection’s sweaters, particularly the Postman Zip Sweater, the herringbone Funnel Neck Cardigan, and the returning Steven Alan Cowchin—all First Delivery—while the Second Delivery draws on French military sweaters and rustic lodge sweaters of traditional American outdoor wear with the Naval V-Neck and the Shawl Collar Cardigan.

    For Fall 2009, Steven Alan also presents his deepest and most diverse collection of Men’s outerwear, with a range of classic silhouettes given the Steven Alan treatment.  In Delivery One, the hooded wool Toggle Jacket, with a shortened silhouette, is an excellent piece for the transition from Fall to Winter, while the coated Cotton Trench is given military inflections.  The Mariner Pea Coat is also back this fall, with custom Steven Alan plaid lining, and a vintage-inspired cotton/nylon Hiking Jacket in rich colors is brought up-to-date with a shawl collar treatment.  The Neville Sportcoat, meanwhile, offers a subverted take on a staple of the traditional American collegiate scene, featuring imported English Herringbone wool, bound interior seams, and working surgeon cuffs.  Delivery Two bears the imprint of traditional American outdoor wear: the plaid Hunting Jacket with Woolrich shell fabric, a Down Vest with heavy flannel lining, and a Shawl Collar Deck Jacket in waxed cotton with a heavy wool melton lining.

    Accessories are also a large part of the story, as Steven Alan presents a selection of ties with a simple, unlined silhouette—such as the Seven Fold Unlined Tie and the classic square knit tie in a narrowed silhouette—as well as his own take on the traditional Trilby and Newsboy caps in English herringbone.

    Again, Steven Alan’s unmistakable combination of wearability, versatility, and impeccable design generates his most fully-realized and expansive Men’s and Women’s collections to date.

    Notes by Nate Landry

    Our first fall delivery is now online, as well as our online lookbook.

    This entry was posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2009 at 6:55 pm and is filed under New Arrivals. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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3 Responses to “Fall Collection Notes & Inspiration”

  1. kati says:

    i love the Vision!

  2. miss sophie says:

    oh, you guys never disappoint! looking forward to fall…

  3. Audrey says:

    Looks like a page from “The Impossible Cool”! Very nice stuff.

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