February 08, 2013 New York
As always, this was a print- and texture-rich lineup. Hailing from L.A., Wearstler is also unafraid of color. Denim, leather, and knits have become the building blocks of the one-and-a-half-year-old collection. All of them got the Wearstler treatment. Jeans were hand-sanded or shredded (with metallic gold threads holding the holes together), and some even came embroidered with mini crystal baguettes. The designer was wearing a black motorcycle jacket, but on the racks were shrunken aqua and coral versions inset with patent elbow patches. Sweaters ranged from miniature intarsias on cashmere to merino and angora stripes.
The jeans looked particularly sharp; Wearstler is a denim addict and she's a stickler for the perfect fit. Some of the other silhouettes proved trickier for her, though. Miniskirts looked too mini, and a mixed-media dress in leather and glazed tweed could've used a few extra tweaks in the pattern room. One area where Wearstler is supremely confident is jewelry; coming from the interiors world, three-dimensional objects are just a natural evolution. Necklaces, cuffs, and even a belt buckle set with agate, lapis, quartz, and other smoothed stones will get snapped right up.