12/20/2012 06:18 pm ET Updated Feb 19, 2013

Deconstruction of the Statement Skirt

In every collection that I design, there are one or two pieces of which I am particularly proud -- for their aesthetic, polish and ability to reflect my brand. Not surprisingly, these pieces tend to become the favorites of our customers and the press. In this year's resort collection, the silk faille skirt stands out for its statement-making silhouette. It is a defining piece of our Resort 2013 vision, a surrealist take on classic resort themes.

The silk faille skirt is a modern update on a favorite piece of mine from holiday 2011, the "Rococo" skirt. Similar in shape to the silk faille skirt, the Rococo appealed to the classic feminine set with its intricate floral print, in ivory or black silk over tulle. I loved the way that Leandra Medine and Olivia Palermo styled the Rococo, showcasing their individual flair; Leandra gave it a casual feel with black leather booties and a military jacket and Olivia stayed true to the classic look with embellished heels and a soft blouse.

This year, the silk faille skirt feels just right for its ease: a lower fit on the waist, utility in pocket details and a solid color -- you never feel like the skirt is wearing you. We selected the silk faille fabric for its full body and the amazing way it holds both its color and shape. With this more relaxed fit, the silhouette makes its statement with the saturated color options: coral, neon kelp, and a rich black -- all of which blend beautifully with other pieces in the collection.

To keep the look modern and sharp, we've styled the skirt with optic black and whites -- a sporty racer-back tank or leather crop top. Other stylings also have me inspired: Moda Operandi paired the skirt with a graphic print silk, Teen Vogue editor Mary Kate Steinmiller styled hers with a relaxed neutral sweater and blogger Blair Eadie went completely monochrome with the coral colorway.

With the holiday dressing season upon us, this is the perfect statement skirt for a woman who enjoys a modern take on classic, timeless pieces.

Deconstruction of the Statement Skirt