December 04, 2011 New York
It's a loose inspiration. Yes, she has shrunken leather motorcycle jackets and slouchy T-shirts and tanks, but the former aren't pierced with safety pins and the latter don't come with built-in holes. Specialized fabric treatments and prints, many of them handmade, are becoming Wearstler's calling cards, so the Perfecto looked like it had been dipped in white paint, oh, about a decade ago and the paint had slowly faded with use and age. The collection's strongest prints were a silkscreen-effect ink pattern (very cool on those silk cupro racer-back tanks and leggings) and a batik-ed black and white cube motif. Wearstler threw the trench over her own skinny acid-wash jeans and a faded concert tee; a model wore the elongated pencil skirt version with a faded and slightly oversize button-down called "the grunge shirt." Mr. Cobain might not approve, but Wearstler's confidence is paying off.