To say our women’s contemporary buyer is busy would be an understatement. After all, she’s charged with finding the latest and greatest before anyone else. We managed to catch up with Megan (between meetings at market no less) to talk about The Edge Shop, spring’s essential styles and her love of bold color.
Shop the Picks: 1. Greylin Palmer Tassel Belt Dress 2. Sanctuary Clothing Rosewater Floral Blouse & Catcher Shorts 3. Gianni Bini Madeleine Sweater & Annette Skirt 4. MM Couture by Miss Me One-Shoulder Dress 5. BCBGMAXAZRIA Abee Pleated Gown
Q: What is The Edge: Contemporary Shop? What makes it different?
A: It’s the department where you’ll find on-trend looks for work and play and everything in between. The Edge features premium denim lines like Joe’s Jeans and Rich & Skinny, modern collections like French Connection and Sanctuary, and great tops and dresses from brands like MM Couture and Aryn K.
Q: How would you describe the contemporary point of view in three words?
A: Forward, confident, fearless — and fun and independent. Do I have to choose just three? Contemporary is a mindset, not an age.
Q: What lines or designers are you most excited about this spring?
A: Kensie looks great this season. Their color palette is current but has a unique twist. Sanctuary, French Connection, Chelsea & Violet and Gianni Bini all have fantastic spring lineups. And I can’t get enough of Rich & Skinny’s colored denim.
Q: So what are you wearing to your market appointments this week?
A: I’m excited for spring dresses and styling, but March weather can still be chilly. I’m relying on statement blazers and jackets that I can quickly toss on or take off. Another go-to pairing is my foam green Rich & Skinny cropped jeans with the white French Connection Cass blazer. It’s a really fresh, clean look.
Q: What will you be wearing this spring and summer?
A: Lots of dresses, hi-low hems, lace details, colored denim and maxi dresses.
Q: If you had to choose one spring statement, what would it be?
A: Bold color: colorblocking, bright denim, saturated blouses, bright floral, geo prints, even lace. Have you seen all the colors the BCBGMAXAZRIA knit power skirt is available in? I’m even excited for bright colors in swim — Gianni Bini has some vibrant swimsuits that are easy to mix and match.
Q: What emerging designers do we need to look out for?
A: I’m really loving Greylin — their flirty dresses have a cool edge that miraculously works for everyone. Jill Jill Stuart has beautiful dresses that are also versatile and appropriate for many different occasions. C&C California has perfect knits (really, you have to touch them!) that come in a range of modern silhouttes. Also check out Patterson J. Kincaid for cool pieces with surprising details, like long fringe ties on a silky blouse or metallic sheen on a pleated maxi dress.
Shop all of Megan’s expert picks here. Or, browse our entire selection of women’s contemporary clothing at The Edge.