first look: lily ashwell

the perfect dress for hanging in corn fields.

by ali hoffman

From John Steinbeck to photographer Dorothea Lange, the 1930s Dust Bowl served as inspiration for many artists and writer alike. And apparently--80-something years later--the series of damaging dust storms still serves as creative stimulus. Case in point: Los Angeles-based designer Lily Ashwell's spring '13 collection, which features everything from pinstriped dungarees boasting turn of the century buttons, to a mid-rise cotton skirt with a simple eyelet trim. "I used colors of the desert in muted florals and dusty solids, mixed with woven plaids and natural fibers--silk, cotton, and linen, as well as printed rayon--in keeping with the dustbowl era my collection is inspired by," says Ashwell. Shot in the California mountains, the look book features singer/musician Jesse Jo Stark (see her ghoul-y music video here). Check out our favorite looks from the collection below, and click here to purchase whichever pea-picker's dress you fancy most.