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While we still don't fully understand the title of Mayle's pop-up "Kamikaze of Love" (the collection's more neo-film noir than Japanese), we will allow Jane Mayle some creative leeway considering how gorgeous the Fall '10 collection is. After taking a short hiatus, the model-turned-designer returns to the fashion world with her vintage-inspired sensibility now applied to shoes, accessories and clothes. First, her collection appeared inside the Sigerson Morrison on the Upper East Side; now, it's available at 2 Great Jones Street between Lafayette and Broadway in Noho.
We were happy to see Mayle's signature Victorian blouse in a delicate toile pattern, but were ecstatic over the menswear-inspired relaxed fall coats and high-waisted leather shorts. The new collection (and the Sigerson Morrison shoe collab) manages to be the perfect mix of vintage and modern, masculine and feminine, floaty and structured.
As of this morning, the merchandise at the pop-up was somewhat depleted, but don't be alarmed—there are often more sizes available in the back, and every few days they get deliveries of new styles and different color waves of existing styles. The shoes are kind of a tease, as you can touch the clog, the mid-calf flat boot, and the heeled bootie, but they're only available for pre-order. A few styles of silk dresses are also only pre-order, but there were plenty of other delicate dresses ($545-$645) that you could take home today. Blouses are around $545 and come in lacey and ruffled variations, our favorite being a grey leopard print. These hyper-femme clothes are grounded by the bouclé and tweed coats ($700 to $800), wool blazers for $385, and leather pants for $545.
Leather purses (generally $545) are available in rich jewel tones such as burgundy accented by gold hardware, and the structured leather belts are $225. The sparkly tweed material of the oversized blazers is used for a small cross body bag—$295 and perfect for a night out. If you adore the styles but not the price tag, the pop-up shop has limited edition "Kamikaze of Love" tee shirts ($65) and totes ($40) decorated with charming cartoon graphics. Also, one of the shopgirls revealed that they will most likely stay open a week beyond the September 17th expiration date, at which point all of the pre-order goods will be available in store.
· Mayle's Back, And What a Surprise- We Want Everything [Racked NY]
· Mayle [Official Site]