Market Watch: Chaiken and Capone

Chaiken and Capone Fall 2011

Remember Chaiken? Though it launched back in 1994 by Julie Chaiken, the line has fallen off the radar in the last few years—until now.

The brand is still helmed by Julie—and it’s still famous for its practically perfect pants—but the name has gotten a bit of a revamp: Following a brief hiatus (and a stint as a two-woman label with Pamela Capone, who's no longer involved in the company) it’s now Chaiken and Capone, and it’s coming to a Barneys near you very soon. With relatively conservative silhouettes—think great trousers and work-appropriate sheath dresses—it’s the fits and the textures that make these pieces stand out.

Chaiken and Capone Fall 2011

The aforementioned pants might be what goes fastest on sales floors, but our favorite? A leather sheath dress that came with body-perfecting darts and a fabulous crinkled texture. This is not your everyday LBD.

The entire line, including some great coats and like a dark green velvet blazer (ah, Fall!), retails for under $1,000—think Theory-ish price tags—and for pieces this timeless, they're more than worth the splurge. Hello, leather dress...

Photos: Offerings from Chaiken and Capone's Fall 2011 collection