From our contributor Zenita on Fashion.
Ah, there is so much to like about this Akris punto ensemble at Neiman Marcus. Although I admit I’ll be looking for clones of this style, given that the skirt and jacket combined from this Swiss designer label will cost you $1,985. Plus tax. (You’ll need to scroll down the page to see the jacket.)
At least the cute turtleneck and boots are already in my closet!
Why do I love thee? First of all, the asymmetrical black-and-white plaid pattern on the skirt is eye-catching but also traditional, so you can wear it anywhere but still look unique. The fabric is stretchy, a level of forgiveness we all need once in a while. And although the catalog photos show a skinny model who’s been locked in a stark stainless steel room with nothing to eat but saltine crackers and stale water, the size 12 version of this skirt will also make your figure look great.
I could, of course, get away for only $495 for the skirt if I matched it with any of several nice black jackets and sweaters I already own. But the fringe on the boucle jacket (unlike most attempts at fringes) looks classy instead of kinda-cowboy, and the bell-bottom sleeves create visual interest and draw the eye to your (gorgeous) hands. The fitted shape keeps it from looking boxy when unbuttoned, and slims your silhouette while ignoring the fact that this week you and the bathroom scale are having a few disagreements.
So Akris punto, I may not understand why you capitalize one name and not another, but please understand this: I’ve seen your Tweed Stretch Skirt and Fringed Jacket ensemble, and I love it!