Every once in a while an artist creates something that actually stays with you. Samantha Pleet's Spring 2013 Collection "Sands of Time sticks like oats to your ribs, and keeps you fully satisfied with the poignant pleasure of a vintage treasure gone awry. Pleet's fertile crescent inspired garments are works of whimsy, playing in the vast openness of the "vintage inspired" genre like a child in the dirt. While your mind initially travels backwards with modest silhouettes and muted hues, the collection's details elude to a post-apocalyptic world in which nothing is impossible, the understated is sexy and Samantha Pleet is queen.
Raw silk dresses drape over disenchanted models and perfectly placed cutouts birthed from careful twists and lacing make up most of the collection. A menswear-esque shorts suit makes an unforgettable appearance, and a crop top fit to be tied (with a giant bow, actually) almost steals the show.
Samantha Pleet's Spring 2013 "Sands of Time" Collection was held at Wolverine, a pop-up shop worth seeing in Nolita. Jahn Hall of BKLYN Dry Goods said “With our own pop-ups, we wanted people to leave thinking they'd just visited a space that'd been there for years -- and would stick around for many more," and having never visited a Wolverine shop when I arrived, I was very much under the impression that it was a neighborhood staple. I highly recommend visiting before it's closure in late February 2013.
The Wolverine Company is a maker of boots, and what better direction for Pleet to go than footwear? Compared to "Sands of Time", Wolverine 1000 Mile by Samantha Pleet is equally feminine, despite the fairly masculine silhouettes. The same ethereal shades make their way into her boots and sandals, and the general direction complements her effortless approach to design.
Visit Samantha Pleet at SamanthaPleet.com or look for pieces from her collection "Treasure" at Anthropologie. Wolverine 1000 Mile by Samantha Pleet can be purchased at at their pop-up in Nolita, open through late February 2013.
Samantha Pleet at her Spring 2013 Collection "Sands of time" Presentation at NYFW September 2012.