Jill Stuart literally has fashion running through her veins. Her family owned a sportswear company which had its heyday in the 1960’s and 1970’s, dressing the likes of Lucille Ball and Natalie Wood. At just 15, Jill sold her first jewelry and handbag pieces to Bloomingdales and she then went on to study at the Rhode Island School of Design, which is one of the most prominent in the country.
Jill started her line in 1993 and an interesting tidbit is that many of her pieces were featured in the film Clueless. Today, the brand is comprised of a slew of categories including ready to wear, beauty, bridal, timepieces, cafes and so much more. Fans of the brand include Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, Madonna and Kate Bosworth, among others.
For the Fall 2011 campaign, Jill Stuart tapped Jac Jagaciak and Mario Sorrenti. The inspiration for the collection came from German artist Heidi Specker’s photographs of Germany’s Black Forest, which is a breathtaking destination and not at all dark or gloomy like the name entails. She took that natural, woodsy environment and produced pieces in rich hues, perfect for autumn. Jill took the theme one step further with fox and owl motifs, as seen on the pieces in the ad campaign. Colorblocking is in full swing again for the season and she even uses mixed media, blending shimmering metallics against matte shades and combining textures for dresses that look more like collages than ready to wear.
Visit www.jillstuart.com for more information and see more of the ad campaign and its accompanying runway looks worn by Julia Saner, Kat Hessen, Julija Steponaviciute, Jacquelyn Jablonski and Theres Alexandersson.
*Images courtesy of Jill Stuart and GoRunway.com.