"It's great to have an inspiration you can really sink your teeth into," said Kelly Wearstler
of her new Resort collection and its "animals that attack" theme. The idea played out quite literally here on tabbed silk pants slashed along the shins, prowling tiger-print blouses with leather accents, and an easy cupro shift dress with a graphic triangular pattern meant to conjure up snapping, serrated teeth. Now in her fifth season, the Los Angeles-based designer has completed a full lap around the fashion calendar and is working to establish a signature aesthetic that complements her renowned, eccentric approach to interior decor (she designs both clothing and home goods with the same customer in mind).
Sweaters, according to Wearstler, have emerged as a new favorite medium because they remind her of tapestries. The cashmere-blend styles with sheer mesh insets fit in nicely with the whole predator thing, looking like they were swiped by a tiger paw. But some of the best pieces didn't adhere all that closely to the designated theme. An updated track jacket in a linen jacquard and a matching flared skirt, for example, were effortlessly on-message and on-trend.