Take a pinch of the season’s current affection for minimalism and add in a dash of urbane sportiness, what do you have? The recipe for a sweet under the radar label specializing in sleek basics. Joanna Sykes’ fall collection ( Sykes F/W 2010 )  struck all the right chords for me; with a quiet authority she managed to distill the current trends without forgetting the fact that clothes are meant to be worn. Her draped silken dresses may seem flimsy with their sheer backs and gathered hems but the delicate construction hides a certain toughness, that tangerine colored shift is built to last. The construction of the pieces themselves is underscored by the quality of fabric, check out the richness of the leather on the jackets and miniskirts. Divine!



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