Brooklyn-based designer Mina Stone took a three-year hiatus from the fashion biz to explore Greece, designing and working as a personal chef before returning -- much to our delight -- this year. It's no surprise, then, that Stone's latest collection of flowy, gauzy sundresses and separates look custom made for a sun-soaked Greek vacation.
Stone interned at Lutz & Patmos after graduating from the Pratt Institute in 2004, followed shortly thereafter by an assitant gig with stylist Christine de Lassus. Launched in 2006 and now reborn in 2010, the hallmarks of Stone's eponymous label remain the same even after her island sojourn: unusual draping, ruching, cut outs and dip-dye coloring are all signatures of Stone's easy-breezy style. We especially love a drapey black wool tunic from Fall 2010 with shoulder cut outs and a thin line of pleating above the bust.
With all of Stone's pieces, the wearer is unlikely to find herself in need of any accessories beyond a big gold cuff and some suntan lotion. You can shop the new collection at Steven Alan and Stuart & Wright, or peruse the lookbook at www.minastone.com.