|Ronica Short - Althea Harper Spring 2013|
When I had the chance to talk to Althea Harper her Spring 2013 collection I specifically asked about this item. She said she always likes really short skirts but they are hard to sit in, so she put these in her spring line. I can't fault her for this because I think the throw-back to the skort was a good move for her spring line. She calls it a "short" in her lookbook, but what looks like a "skort" and acts like a "skort" and is constructed like a "skort"... you know? That's a skort! What do you think?
Ok, let's get on with the rest of the line now that I've gotten my two favorite out of the way, shall we?
Consistent Althea Themes
I've noticed several themes running through Althea's collections and they continue to evolve. So I'd like to talk about them each if you'll let me indulge myself.
Theme 1: Mesh Cut Outs - This season Althea continues to play with the location of her mesh cut outs. She continues to stick with her side cut outs, but they are shaped differently, more interesting in my opinion. See the Fiona Dress in Sky Blue:
Theme 2: Non- Mesh Cut Outs - For the more daring, Althea remains consistent giving us diaphram positioned cut outs as she has in the past. Check out the Maeve Dress (regular length and Mini):
|The Love Pant|
Theme 4: Super Cute Jackets
|Charley Jacket, Nixon Jacket|
But check out the funky here...
|Lola Jacket and Clair Skirt|
Older Styles Getting Updated
I'm pretty sure Althea will disagree with me on the comparisons I'm making here, but regardless, the following items reminded me very much of items I saw from her previous collections, but with noticable updates.
|Fonda Dress - My new obsession!!!|
The Fonda Dress!!! It reminds me of the magical dress I purchased from Althea's Fall/Winter 2010, but all grown up into something hotter and sexier, if that was even possible. Yes please! I'll take one, and the body to go with it of course!
The Jessica Dress (both in regular length and a mini) which reminds me very much of the Paranormal Dress of Spring 2012, only this time I think you can probably wear a bra with it (yay!).
|Jessica Dress - I'm confused why the cream and the tan - so similar! Why not the green pistachio?|
And the Miranda Dress which reminds me just a bit of the Campus Dress of Spring 2012. My reasoning here is that it's similar to Jessica, but not as revealing in the back, just like Campus and Paranormal played off each other in Spring 2012.
Personally, I dig this detail even more on the Monroe Dress which has, in my opinion, a more flattering neckline...
|Monroe Dress - My other obsession|
Printed Shirt Dresses/Tunics - We first started to see these last spring. I'm glad Althea has kept them around because I really wanted to pick one up. In fact I did - when she came to my house this past October for a trunk show I snatched one up! Anyway, they are back for spring this time the color pallet is more rich. The hi-lo hem trend also makes an appearance in Althea's line. Take a look:
The Elenore Dress
|Elenore in gorgeous prints!|
Our friend Ridley makes an appearance...
|Ridley is pictures with Happiness Pant, Tina Skirt, Tina Skirt, and Michelle Pant (top left, then clockwise)|
What I'm Not Liking...
There's always something, right?
The Kim Dress
Ok, I've rambled. Ultimately, I like most of what's happening here for Spring 2013 from Althea Harper. I think that she's found some things that really work for her. Many of these styles are not exactly new to Althea's line, but look like updates to me. And that works! Lots of wearable items here. Anything catch your eye?
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Images provided by Althea Harper.