I got the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the newest Agave Denim collection for Fall 2011, and I am so happy to say that they really, REALLY took their line to a new level. Lauren Shafer’s return to design is officially a success; she definitely brought her A-game.
Agave Nectar (the Women’s line of Agave) began in 2009 and has seen definite success (you can see my Agave Nectar review for Fall 2010 here on the site), but nothing like this. Some of the pairs that were well-received stuck around, but more pieces – a higher rise trouser and legging, riding-style leggings and skinny cargos as well as knits and jackets – have made this a full collection that any designer would kill to have in their portfolio.
My personal highlights of the collection:
- the Bomber Jacket: oh. my. god. Words cannot describe how amazing this piece was – Agave nailed the PERFECT bomber. The second I put it on, I just couldn’t stop squealing. It’s that amazing. And it’s functionally effective, with pockets in all the right places and a great lining. Plus, the cuffs and collar are all leather too. I could see this being a jacket that lasts for decades.
- Velvet Leggings: I know, I know. I was REALLY hesitant about this, because I’m not at all a fan of velvet. But this is not your mother’s scary crushed velvet – it’s slim, sleek and super soft. Definitely wonderful for chilly fall evenings – a great blend of comfort and style for your night out.
- Colored Cords: The riding style cord, specifically in the gold, is a must-own for fall. It’s a great twist on the traditional riding legging, and the rich colors just pop for fall. Not a single detail was overlooked, down to the antiqued buttons and rivets. Plus, the inseam is perfect at 30″.
- ANY of the Supima/Tencel Knits: I am a very tactile person, so soft things really set off my radar. But the Supima/Tencel knit caused a total meltdown… I wanted to make sheets, towels – heck, an ENTIRE room in my apartment – out of the fabric. Definitely a great fabric for jersey cardigans.
From a personal end, I’m not a huge Lurex fan (I get ichy really easily and I don’t do sparkly anything), so the Sparkle Terry pieces weren’t a huge hit for me. But compared to most Lurex (even from quality brands like linQ), it is much softer and doesn’t irritate my skin.
I can’t express how important it is to actually feel Agave pieces for yourself. Jeff and Lauren really focus on quality products from the best manufacturers and it shows through the entire line. The collection is full of fabrics, cuts and designs that transcend what’s “hot” and “trendy”, so everything you buy ends up being a statement piece.
The whole lookbook (for women) is below. Check it out and share your thoughts – and a big thanks to Jeff, Lauren and the rest of the Agave team for opening their doors and sharing this beautiful collection with Denim Debutante!