“Designers Aja Singer, a former Zac Posen pattern-maker, and Anna Zeman, an ex-intern from Rodarte, met at Parsons, drawn together by their shared love of suiting. But lest you be visualizing a Melanie Griffith ’80s shoulder-padded power-suit, slow your roll: These chicks have updated the look with fresh, distinctive tailoring and impeccable construction. This season, their inspirations run the gamut from motocross racing gear to classic fox-hunting attire, with jackets and pants that are fierce and functional–think reinforced seams in the knees, shoulders, and elbows, tough hardware, and classic quilt-top stitching. We’re especially digging the gunpowder gray and onyx fitted Fox Hunt blazer and the super slim Easy Rider pants. And even if you don’t like to suit-it-up, the cropped blouses and biker-chic dresses work for an interview and an Interview party. So, pull a Donald Trump in the morning, then slip off the top or bottom to be Melania at night.
Alex & Eli’s fall collection (from $180 for tops, $300 for dresses and pants, $500-$600 for jackets) will be available at Maryam Nassir Zadeh in mid-August. Maryam Nassir Zadeh, 123 Norfolk Street (at Rivington Street); 212-673-6405. ” – Refinery 29
p.s. – don’t forget about the mayyyyja Refinery29 East/West Tag Sale May 21-23 at Space 15Twenty. More details here.