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Steven Alan’s Spring 2012 Collection was a joy to walk into as a beautiful contrast to the cool and damp beginning to New York Fashion Week.
Alan’s collection took a bit of a nostalgic turn, with an early sixties Americana / Kennedy flavor and he also drew inspiration from the watercolors of Alex Katz. (Pay close attention to the set backdrop.) There was a greater focus on tailoring, fabrication and color this season. “All the fabrics were designed from scratch, in-house”, Steven told me backstage after the show. “They all came out so well and are very tongue-and-cheek. We are really happy with them;  And the infusion of color into the collection also seemed really natural, especially since I have been wearing a lot more color myself recently” Steven said.
Steven has carved out a pretty solid niche over the years, making effortlessly chic clothing for men and women seem easy to deliver. It has taken a while, but Steven is finally moving past his comfort zone and taking a few chances. (Don’t worry his shirting programs are still firmly in place for those seasonal S.A. staples.)

For men, Spring 2012 brought fantastic suiting options, both slim pantsuits and short suits, all very strong, practical and wearable pieces. There was also plenty of color hits throughout as well, with a pair of faded lime green pants making the top of my list. Alan also introduced denim for the first time, which looked great and has been long overdue.

For women the range was a bit deeper, T-blouses with backs revealed, Gidget-style shorties, sweet sundresses and mid-length day dresses straight from the 60’s, all with slightly different colors, cuts and prints… perfect for going from day to night. “We all loved how well the prints came out (for women), they are very tongue-and-cheek.” Steven pointed out as we took a closer look. The dresses were simple, yet continued on in Steven’s ability to make the most straight forward of cuts seem sexy.

Alan also pressed on in making some fantastic accessories, including hats, bags and shoes, which will more than likely find their way onto must have lists come Spring. No matter how you describe it, one thing is clear, Steven hit this collection out of the park.