What Does A Brooklyn Dream Girl Wear? Why, Samantha Pleet, Of Course

In a world where fast fashion copies high fashion copies vintage, Samantha Pleet achieves an amazing feat: Her clothes don't really look like anybody else's.
Sure, there's more than a little bit of Renaissance faire maiden in the floor-sweeping white gowns worn with gold head jewelry, and a bit of early '80s nostalgia in the Sedona-inspired palette of dusty rose, cream, and taupe. But overall, the NYC-based designer would seem to be following that most risky of business strategies: making what she loves, market research be damned.
And the results are lovely — light, airy, feminine clothes, with playfully sexy edge. Sort of perfect for the terrarium-tending Greenpoint goddess in your life, no?
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