Looks from the new Chaiken and Capone line for Spring 2011. Photos: Courtesy of


There's nothing like an old friend's return.

Which is how women across the country will feel about the return of designer Julie Chaiken with her relaunched Chaiken and Capone collection. The new iteration launches for Spring 2011 at Barneys New York and CUSP by Neiman Marcus, which means clothes hit racks as early as next month.

Chaiken's claim to fame was pants that women would wait in line for. They were flattering to a multitude of body types and were made in this miracle fabric that had body and just enough stretch to hold in all the right places.

The new collection will include the famous pants in the Rocker skinny style, Maggie boot-cut and 2001 Classic, all priced below $200. There will also be day-to-night dresses, shirts, shorts and skirts, and the classic Donna jacket. Prices for the collection start at $138 for tops and range to $348 for the jacket.

"I know what I'm doing this time around," Chaiken told StyleList. "Before, I was old enough to do it, but now I'm mature enough to appreciate it." She added, "I went to market and spoke to stores and buyers. I realized the timing is right as we're coming out of the denim trend we're in. I want to get women back in pants."

Chaiken started her design career with Pamela Capone in a line called Chaiken & Capone. Chaiken bought out Capone in 1994, renamed the company Chaiken, and four years later, hired Jeff Mahshie as creative director. In 2008, the company's operations were relocated to San Francisco, where Chaiken lives with her family, Mahshie left the company and it went into hibernation.

Mahshie has gone on to design for Lord & Taylor, where you can find pants not unlike the Chaiken signature pants for a fraction of the price.

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