The Senior Designer Buyer for Macy's 28 Shop
111 North State Street; 312-781-1000 .
Collins is a bit of a fashion legend herself,
having attended shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris for 25 years. She peruses the collections, and the clients of her venerable fashion department are rewarded with the best of the season’s designs, and soon a renewed boutique with a private street elevator, a doorman, and distinctive 28 Shop wrapping.
IN THE BEGINNING “My mother was a fashion plate, and my sister [the president of Theory/Premise] and I seem to have gotten it through osmosis. When I look back,
I remember my mother always being beautifully dressed—to the end, she always wore a hat and was tasteful. My own first fashion moment was my miniskirt, with lace-up boots and tights, in high school. I loved it! After that, I cut off all my skirts.”
FASHION ICONS “Yves Saint Laurent is forever. More currently, Tom Ford, who turned back to the femininity that was lacking and made it everyday wearable. Miuccia Prada seems to transcend every trend. She is eternally great.”
SPRING’S STRONG STATEMENTS “Certainly the dresses, but when I say dresses, I mean a triangular Donna Karan, a Stella McCartney with a bubble bottom, or a shirtdress, but done in an interesting way, with rolled sleeves, the bottom unbuttoned. Jil Sander did one. And shine, like silk satin from Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs. This spring is an extreme season, and the newness is in the different shapes.”
NEW FACES “Michel Klein, out of Paris. He has been around, but now he is getting press. He stands for coats and dresses—curved dresses with a bubble hem or a belted shift. He did an outstanding trench coat in a bronze metallic with a full sleeve and cropped above the knee. It will look great with pants or a bit of skirt showing.”
FASHION SHOULD BE “Flattering. Don’t be a fashion victim; dress age appropriately.”
GRAY IS “The new neutral. It’s such a good color, soft and pretty, and goes nicely with the pales of the season.”CONSISTENT WARDROBE ELEMENT “A great jacket. It seems transcendent; wear it with a dress or jeans. Armani makes a great jacket, Stella’s are feminine, and Yohji’s are great in a different way. I have a black cashmere Helmut Lang that’s soft and lean that I’ve been wearing for five years.”