If you haven't seen the new Troubadour site, you need to head there now...if only to check out the about page and see a photo of designer Lindsey Carter with one of her adorable twins. As a long-time lover of the prints and pieces Lindsey creates, I look forward to seeing what she comes up with each season. Last season (Fall/Winter 2015) I didn't think things could get much better - with dresses and separates featuring a horizontal stripe done in the coolest color combination and a black and white abstract print done in collaboration with artist Brian Coleman. You can see how I styled two of my favorite pieces from that collection here and here.
Along with launching a newly re-designed site, Troubadour also just introduced the latest collection of pieces. To celebrate the newness, Sally and I were invited to each style a piece from the collection...lucky for us, we received them in time to bring with us to St. Barts. Today I'm sharing my look (Sally's will be posted tomorrow) and I can't get over how perfect this dress looks with the outdoor beauty of St. Bs.
It comes as no surprise that Troubadour’s offerings for Spring/Summer 2016 are wonderful. Lindsey was inspired by the historic Korakia Pensione hotel, built in the 1920s and the artful prints take cues from the tropical, leafy palms and hot pink bougainvilleas that line the walkway of the Moroccan-style villa; the deep aqua of the pool twinkles in the desert sunset and complements the majorelle blue chairs in the cabana-lined courtyard. Lindsey noted that through this collection, she imagines a weekend getaway to this Palm Springs hotel, as relevant and exotic today as it was in its early twentieth-century heyday.
The Sedgewick Dress I’m wearing is everything Korakia Pensione evokes: both cool and classic with a little bit of an island attitude. I love how the palm print has a photo-realistic look but is a little overexposed – making it more artistic than literal (which helps it from going into “overly beachy” territory). The shirt-dress shape is super comfortable, especially with the elastic waist, and the collar keeps the overall fit from becoming too casual. I paired it with flat sandals for one of the more casual nights out on our trip but plan on wearing it with a pair of wedges (eyeing these) once the Texas warmth creeps in and stays.