Aimee Grubel's Sampleline occupies that delicate space in fashion reserved for Japanese Harajuku girls, where the seemingly ad-hoc is born of successful calculation. The Indiana native may pull from a mishmash of sources—Victorian-era detailing, the sculptural focus of Commes des Garçons—but the end product never devolves into some shoddy take on ragamuffin chic or the well-traveled "wasted minstrel" copout. It's largely a factor of knowing when to indulge and when to reign in: "I always use neutrals in with my color," says Grubel, who incorporates into her designs a wide range of colors and texture. "The tan brings the peach to a... More >>>