February 14, 2011 New York
Wearstler herself is a jeans-and-leather-jacket kind of girl, but her line has a feminine sensibility. It's long on miniskirts, shift dresses, blouses, and little jackets to pop over them. As she does with her interiors, she's mixed prints here, pairing a brushstroke-stripe cropped jacket with a geometric graffiti skirt. And she's included bright pops of coral and turquoise amid the predominantly black and off-white offerings. Wearstler's signature sense of whimsy came across in what she's calling her "friends" print, a line drawing of interlocking people that appeared on silk blouses and was embroidered on a heather gray sweatshirt. Her reputation will be a boon to the business, but the contemporary market is a crowded one, and if she wants to make a real go of it, she'll have to insert more personality into the collection next time. The clutches and costume jewelry, maybe because they're closer to her bread and butter, had a stronger point of view.