I met C/FAN designer Christina Fan at (capsule) in NYC a few weekends back and fell in love with her gorgeous fabrics and patterns. Christina launched the Chicago based C/FAN in 2008, which began as a small collection of outerwear and essential T’s. Fan has since developed her line to include tailored separates and flowy shirts and gowns. Using luxurious fabrics and tailoring them into flattering silhouettes, Fan creates pieces for the woman who wants to look sophisticated and feminine without looking overtly girly. And the prints are anything but predictable. The S/S 2011 collection focused on a photograph of a December morning in Caddo Lake printed on washed silks, sheer chiffons, and silk jerseys (head over to The Shiny Squirrel for a closer look). The print looks just as stunning on a fitted one-should dress as it does on a ethereal and flowy tunic. For her A/W 2011 collection, Fan created a beautiful palette of greys, browns, and purples in luxurious silks, furs, and cashmere/wool blends. The pieces are earthy and warm for the colder months but maintain that demure touch that C/FAN has come to be known for. I couldn’t stop stroking the pieces at her booth at (capsule) and can only imagine what it would feel like to wear her pieces all day. I tend to end up wearing layers of bulky wools in New England during the colder months, but I look forward to adding a bit of elegance to my wardrobe via C/FAN this coming fall and winter. Silk is actually an incredibly warm fabric and will feel heavenly against your skin, summer or winter.