With more than a decade of experience in the fashion industry, Byron Lars is one of our most lauded and celebrated designers. Named “Rookie of the Year” by Women’s Wear Daily when his work debuted in 1991, Lars’ designs have been photographed on First Lady Michelle Obama (the sketch of one of the designs she wore is featured above). He is now lending his fashion genius to Anthropologie with “Beguile by Byron Lars,” a collection earmarked for the contemporary dresser with a refined sense of style.
True to form, the aesthetic of the line, available on Anthropologie.com, is ladylike and expertly constructed, yet fun and whimsical. Each piece boasts a one-of-a-kind design element from funky draped necklines to a Bohemian mix of patterns.
Lars spoke about the inspiration of the collection, which ranges from $90-$280, to Essence:
Spring 2012 was all about botanicals, I got my hands on any and every floral chiffon that I could and then started arranging them on the dress form — kind of like you would flowers in a vase. After getting the mix of floral prints right, I wanted to make them even lighter by appliqueing them onto even sheerer net. It was the palette of these prints that informed the striped knit choices of a bondage T-shirt and dress, each representing the bindings at the base of a bouquet, fresh from the florist.