First Look: Jessica Stam’s Latest Design Gig

Images from Jessica Stam’s latest design gig have found their way onto the web. The model’s first foray into design premiered last fall at New York Fashion Week, where she put personal touches on garments for Rag & Bone’s SS10 collection. Then, just a few months later, the doe-eyed mannequin signed on to design a full capsule collection with Rachel Roy for the seasoned designer’s Macy’s collection. Now the fruits of the partnership are on view. “Her latest endeavor—four pieces for Rachel Roy’s lower-priced line, RACHEL Rachel Roy—launches this month at Macy’s,” says Fashionologie, adding that the model told Marie Claire she had “full creative control” over the clothes.

The four pieces include a gingham cardigan that looks decidedly Chanel-esque, and which sells for $99. There’s a $49 canvas grommet belt that looks like something you could pick up on Saint Marks Place for half the price, and black skinny jeans that look an awful lot like the jeggings that have become ubiquitous for fall ($89). And, last but not least, a navy bucket bag with a chain strap that calls to mind a similarly structured Alexander Wang bag from last fall. It’s not the most innovative collection (the cardigan is surely the best of the bunch), nor does it offer a lot of room for choice, but that doesn’t mean Stam is necessarily hanging her design hat up for good. When Marie Claire asked if the model would ever launch her very own collection, she responded with simply, “no comment.”

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