Kelly Wearstler continues to mine her career as an interior designer for her burgeoning clothing brand. This season she used a cabinet of curiosities as a starting point, and she had plenty of raw material to work from. Apparently there are so many items stuffed into her garage at home that her husband has put the kibosh on future purchases. It never hurts when someone designs what she knows; this was a strong outing for Wearstler, one that showcased her cool, relaxed California sensibility. She divided the collection into three categories: The first was marble, for the marbled paper that lines the cabinet's drawers, and the second and third were shells and dragonflies for the collections that might be stored there.
Each section had its own highlights. A swirling kaleidoscope pattern looked great on both a short belted shift and a longer sundress. Wearstler is promising to turn the print into a wallpaper. A silk jacquard coat faintly shimmered like the inside of an oyster. And in the dragonfly group, Wearstler showed a sweet black dress with net insets through which you could see her first attempt at underpinnings. You'll see Wearstler sporting that look in Malibu. In between there were nice-fitting overdyed jeans and faux leather skinnies that will win repeat customers. The padded shoulders on the T-shirts were a bit much, but happily they're detachable. Wearstler's confidence is on the uptick.