New York Fashion Week: Samantha Pleet's Romantic Revival for Fall/Winter 2012 (Photos)

Samantha Pleet cape and coat© Photos by Dan Lecca

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Hello, halos! Golden auras, ankle boots, and a lot of leg were on display at Exit Art when the models showing Samantha Pleet’s Fall 2012 collection took to the runway. But it was the clothes that stole the show, which was presented as part of Gen Art’s New Garde showcase.

Pleet’s fall designs continue with some of the elements from Spring 2012; think cutouts, cropped jackets and capes. Add to that short wool frocks, golden silk dresses, geometric designs, and pops of garnet red velvet and the result is an imaginative and eclectic collection that lives up to its title of “Romantic Revival.”

Samantha Pleet short dresses© Photos by Dan Lecca

Brooklyn-based Pleet often incorporates eco-happy practices in her designs, which are made in New York City using organic materials whenever possible.

Samantha Pleet long dresses© Photos by Dan Lecca

Although the glimmering halos bring to mind Byzantine icons, Pleet took her cues from Pre-Raphaelite painters, which feels evident in these simple and striking dresses which would have felt right at home in paintings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Samantha Pleet wool frocks© Photos by Dan Lecca

How Pleet manages to introduce mod frocks into the romantic theme is a bit of magic, because they certainly work well in context. And note the gorgeous wool. Pleet uses wool from the heritage mill, Abraham Moon, in Leeds -- one of the last British mills to still dye, spin and weave their own yarn. How romantic!

The Fall collection also includes Wolverine 1000 Mile by Samantha Pleet, a collaboration with the American heritage brand that includes 5 styles of signature shoes and boots.

Samantha Pleet's Spring 2012 collection will be available soon on,, and in stores such as American Two Shot, and Honey in the Rough in NYC. Retail prices average around $500 for a dress.

New York Fashion Week: Samantha Pleet's Romantic Revival for Fall/Winter 2012 (Photos)
Brooklyn-based designer Samantha Pleet uses organic fibers and heritage wool to create simple and striking designs, from cropped jackets and capes to golden silk dresses.