Up-and-Coming Designer Channels Mayle

For those of you still reeling from Jane Mayle's revelation earlier this fall that 2008 would be her last year designing clothes (if you may recall, more than a little bit disappointed), a bit of relief: designer Jeffrey Monteiro—who's held the post of design director at both Mayle and Derek Lam—recently unveiled his second collection and man does it look like Mayle reborn. There's the same vintage-inspired femininity, the same cut-out and button details, intricate collar-work ... you know the score. Our favorite pieces is probably a delicate little black-and-white dress with a Vena Cava-inspired print and sublte black straps that hang off the shoulders—perfect for date nights and impromptu cocktails. Mayle may have bowed out of the retail industry this year, but apparently Monteiro is not one to be dissuaded by a little economic downturn. Recession? Bah! Bring us dresses!

Big thanks to the folks over at Refinery29's Pipeline blog for bringing this newcomer-who's-not-really-a-newcomer to our collective attention: There's no doubt he’s going to go far. According to his web site, you can pick up his pieces at Barneys, Castor and Pollux in the west village, and Jumelle in Brooklyn.

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