Steven Alan Is Inspired By Mexico And Road Trip Rock For Fall 2012

Looks from the Steven Alan Fall 2012 show at New York Fashion Week.
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Do you hear heels clacking, repressed yawns, and banshee screams coming from the distant caverns of our closets? It’s the sound of New York Fashion Week, everyone! And we’re elated to kick things off with one of our favorite indie labels, Steven Alan, which was presented bright and early this morning at Pier 59 Studios along the Hudson River in Manhattan. The mood was chipper, the coffee plentiful, and everything in this Mexican road trip-inspired collection was begging to jump into our wardrobes immediately. Steven Alan started his business as a super cool downtown retail shop selling other designer wares, but he soon morphed into a designer himself, creating one of the most wearable collections for both men and women that mixes casual classics with aloof cosmopolitan flair. For fall 2012, Alan is all about driving along a dusty road blasting vintage Colombian Cumbia music while your red skirt whips around in the breeze. Also, there are fedoras, pops of red, and battered leather handbags aplenty.

Handbags from the Steven Alan Fall 2012 show at New York Fashion Week.
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“We’ve never been nearly as tailored as we are this season,” Alan said. “We didn’t want to just be a daytime brand but something you could also wear out for drinks.” For fall, he sites Mexican artist Diego Rivera as an inspiration as well as a long drive through the southwest desert, which you can see in the muted stripes, relaxed pants, and layered separates. We spoke to DJ Ben Brunnemer, who mixed the soundtrack for the presentation. He and Alan discussed everything from the sound of a slide guitar to the soundtrack to the 1984 film Paris, Texas to indie jam bands as mood music. “We wanted to mix a South American and Mexican influence without getting too literal,” Brunnemer said. ” I ended up using a lot of 1960s Cumbia music that’s kind of psychedelic more than mariachi.” The resulting mix was a bit of Brazilian band Os Mutantes, Neil Young’s “Albuquerque,” and the haunting lilt of singer Hope Sandoval from seminal 1990s psychedelic shoegaze band Mazzy Star.

Looks from the Steven Alan Fall 2012 show at New York Fashion Week.
Photo: Getty Images

While already known for separates, outerwear, and everyday shoes, Steven Alan will also expand his handbag collection for fall 2012. We like that the new collection is low key and great for either work or weekends. Steven Alan fans run the gamut from fashion editors and writers to creative office types to off-duty actresses like Michelle Williams, who is often photographed wearing his easygoing button down shirts. His clothing is great for mixing into your existing wardrobe or dressing up for a night on the town. It’s muy bueno that it’s all available online too.

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