Question: Are they still called "separates" if the full looks are so good we can't bear to buy just one piece? The newest look book from Brooklyn-based Dusen Dusen has us wondering just that as we crave every top, skirt, and zig-zag sweater for our ever-growing fall '12 wardrobe. Using originally designed fabrics and sweet silhouettes, designer Ellen Van Dusen creates the perfect blend of old and new for cool girl chilling in chilly girl weather.
'80s pastel dream prints Kelly Kapowski would rock in a millisecond become instantly chic (and a lot less SBTB) when remastered into sweet peter pan-collared shirtdresses and ankle (boot)-skimming midi skirts. Simple styling and a sock-boot combos keep the prints from overwhelming and make this book our go-to guide for laid back dressing. Proving herself master of the mix, Dusen pairs stripes, zigzags, waves, and more with black velvet separates and pocketed sweaters for the perfect blend of now and then.
Click through the slideshow for some master mixing, cutie collars, and simple sheaths we love love from Dusen Dusen (not to mention, a bonus pic with one pretty precious pup).
Photos: Courtesy of Gabrielle Lurie