With Walter, designer Walter Baker has solved the office-to-cocktail-party conundrum by intelligently blending ultra-feminine silhouettes with an edgy, downtown vibe. Dresses, maxi-dresses, jackets and other wardrobe essentials transition easily from day to night thanks to Walter's effortless combinations of romantic detailing and street-chic cuts. Straight black skirts, grey tweed jackets, solid-color shirts in jewel tones like wine and burgundy and jade, and other women's clothing staples receive a personalized twist thanks to embossed croc detailing, faux leather accents, and bold prints seemingly inspired by abstract art and animal prints. Based in NYC, Baker started out in finance before following his muse and switching to couture — and we're grateful that he did. Aside from his flagship label, he also designs W118: a secondary line of women's separates, coats, and handbags.
Athletic influences have been making their way into the fashion space for a few seasons, but spring 2014 marks the absolute apex of gym gear going haute. The runways were awash in drawstring pants, mesh tanks, bomber jackets and baseball hats, and the typically-done-up editor crowd is feeling the streetwise vibe. “The fashion industry is embracing its more casual, comfortable side, but in a chic and practical way,” Glamour’s Nikki Ogunnaike says, “so any woman can get in on the action.” Take a cue from her cool look, then shop the sale below to take your style game to the next level.
Pastel blazers, fit-and-flare dresses, and more spring-ready riffs on the classic material.
Moto-cool top layers add edge to any outfit.
Everything you need for a standout derby look.