If anyone knows how to do an easy, Brooklyn-approved dress just right, it's Ellen Van Dusen
. You know how sometimes you spend hours searching for the perfect, thrift store, patterned frock, and then you attempt to hem it to a more modern shape, and the whole thing turns into a ragged mess? Well, her line solves that problem once and for all. Vintage vibes meet eye-catching pieces make it possible to achieve that most elusive of looks: the "I don't care that I just rolled out of bed and obviously still look amazing." Many have tried and failed, and it's generally done best by models off duty. But every time a Dusen Dusen lookbook rolls around, we're reminded that us normal people have a chance, too.
The latest iteration is no exception. And while the collection does have a carefree vibe, lazy isn't a word we'd use here. The meticulous and inventive patterns are the result of careful study and widespread inspiration. This season's black-and-white print is an oversized statement on equally oversized minidresses. It reminds you simultaneously of your kindergarten classroom and
something you'd see at MoMa — and fittingly so, as the designer drew inspiration from kinetic artists Yaacov Agam, Carlos Cruz-Diez, and Daniel Buren.