Back in the winter of 2006 we discovered Caitlin Mociun via the sweeping dimensions of a black and white draped coat, although the BK-based designer would probably argue that prints are her specialty. Up on the Mociun website right now there are actually a ton of her signature printed pieces on sale—trunks for the boys that alternate as cute daisy dukes for the ladies, beautiful one-piece bathing suits and a lovely teal and orange print dress with pops of monochrome printing on the pockets. The fall collection isn't up on the site as yet, so we dropped Caitlin a line for a selection of her favorite picks from the new fall 2009 lookbook.
Looking over the new collection, it's easy to see why fabric is the starting point for her designs. As well as her hand-made prints (past influences include Henry Darger and Albert Seba's Cabinet of Natural Curiosities) that are brushed over leggings, dresses and cropped sweaters, Moicun explores pattern on a larger scale, re-working lumberjack into feminine shapes in the form of a wintry black and white jumper. When we talked to Mociun first time around, she admitted to making stretchy one-off pieces for pregnant friends just to see her prints morph—the new Southwestern-inspired outwear she has lined up for the fall are warm enough to keep us as snug as new born babes.