It would be easy to want to dislike Emily Muller out of pure jealousy. She’s beautiful and slender and dresses impeccably. When I met her at the Mendoza “My Darlings, My Queens” show she was looking almost impossibly chic in a utility-style jumpsuit and heels. Instant envy. Of course, actually disliking her would take stubborn determination, and why would you? She is sweet as can be. As a friend introduced “Emmy” and went on singing praises of her upcoming show, she smiled humbly and answered my questions. It took several minutes before I realized that “Emmy” was the Emily Muller I had been hearing about all week from New Brahmin.
No one knew quite what to expect from her debut collection. A close friend of the designer confided even she had not seen the progression of the project – all she knew was that on nights when Emily could find nothing to wear she would whip up a dress in 15 minutes and it would be the kind of garment you’d want to own 5 of, in all different colors. Who hasn’t fantasized about doing that when your closet is plotting against you? But to actually pull it off, well, I was intrigued to say the least.
In Emily’s own words the collection was going to show lots of 1930s influences. “It’s actually more 20s and 40s,” she laughed, “so I just average it and say 30s.” She said she had taken all the things that she loves and merged them into something cohesive.
I was feeling the love when her designs premiered at Looc Boutique this past Tuesday. The shop space had been cleared to create a stark and stunning gallery. Four at a time, models entered and stood on display for Boston’s fashion elite who had braved the rainy evening to come out. We were rewarded with an impressive display – supple silk drapery and tailored jackets with full, feminine skirts, all in a palette of military greens and grays.
There’s plenty to praise about a well-cut dress on its own, but no details were overlooked in this collection. She showed jackets buckled in a series of straps, sleeves lined with miniature buttons, low-slung backs draped in chains, and an over-sized fold-over collar with a zipper along the raw edges. Oh, and the belted vest with a fur stole? To die for!
Models wore strong makeup, seriously stylish boots and vintage-style headpieces by Maxine in Trousers.
I love the chain detail on the green dress. It reminds me of a similar style by Society for Rational Dress that I’ve been coveting since summer.
I wish you could see the zipper detail on that collar!
The combination of army green rompers and tunics with black boots gave certain looks a Peter Pan feel that I was completely loving.
Emily Muller herself – adorable, right? And yes, that is one of her own creations. Excuse the blurry photo. It was tough to catch her not on the move!
I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of these pieces in the store and on her soon-to-be-launched website (even her placeholder is cute!).