Kelly Wearstler looked to the geometries of the Russian Suprematist art movement for her pre-fall ideas. Squares and triangles informed not only the batiked print on a twill pantsuit and the graphic motif of slouchy silk pajama pants but also the cuts and proportions of the pieces in this item-driven collection. A leather cage dress had a boxy shape and a patchworked army green dress looked like an inverted triangle.
Wearstler sees growth opportunities in categories like denim and knits, so she put an emphasis on them here. One pair of jeans was embroidered in grids of tiny studs; another was made from shredded Japanese denim flecked with silver threads. She's smart not to go up against the J Brands of the world and their battalions of basics. If there's one area for improvement, it'd be the fit. Maybe it's just a case of a New York editor looking at a California line, but some of her hemlines were dangerously short.