August 29 2014

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When The Jet Set Goes Off The Beaten Path: Gypset Chic


Back in 2009, the globetrotting freelance journalist Julia Chaplin coined the term “gypset”—that being, in her words, “the chic speed of the jet-set mixed with the alternative, anti-commercialism and nomadic wile of a gypsy.” She literally wrote the book on the trend—Gypset Style—and that might’ve been it. But as her journeys found her crisscrossing the globe with a wardrobe that couldn’t keep up, the itinerant traveler decided to translate her “jet-lagged view of the world” into a tightly edited collection of summer-ready dresses, too. “I would go to these far-flung destinations and it came down to the fact that I really had nothing to wear,” Chaplin said of the inspiration for her new endeavor. “You can’t quite wear designer and you don’t want to look awful either, so these designs really suit those needs in between.”

Chaplin debuted the five dress designs, in vibrant prints and fabrics sourced from Africa and Holland, last night at Des Kohan, the off-the-beaten path destination shop that has long been home to some of L.A.’s most sought-after clientele and envious merchandise. With a business built around exclusives (Hussein Chalayan and Viktor & Rolf, among them), the store’s namesake figured it was the perfect opportunity to style Chaplin’s new wares. “I work with all these designers already and figured I wanted to showcase Gypset with the appropriate accessories, so I’ve done these exclusive bags from Bare and have Annie Costello Brown of YSL designing limited-edition jewelry,” Kohan said, as Balenciaga’s Katherine Ross, Mad Men‘s Abigail Spencer, and another frequent Des Kohan collaborator, Juan Carlos Obando, browsed. “It’s all just a part of what Julia’s imagined.”

Photo: Alexandra Wyman / WireImage



  1. rachelkibbe says:

    So pretty- I love how all the shapes are the same but the radically different prints are what makes them interesting.

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