5 posts tagged "Kelly Wearstler"
Blame it on Austin’s SXSW Festival, which begins this week, but we have a sudden desire to add some Southwestern flavor to our look. In lieu of Stetson hats and roper boots, however, we’ll be sticking to more city-friendly options, like an Étoile Isabel Marant embroidered cardigan or a sweet cotton dress by Ermanno Scervino. Who says country can’t be chic? Shop our picks from Balenciaga, Kelly Wearstler, Golden Goose, and more, below.
1. Étoile Isabel Marant sweater, $570, available at www.net-a-porter.com
2. Ermanno Scervino dress, $1,315, available at www.stylebop.com
3. Kelly Wearstler ring, $145, available at www.nordstrom.com
4. Balenciaga bag, $1,343, available at www.matchesfashion.com
5. Golden Goose boots, $1,128, available at www.thecorner.com
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You can’t hide from camouflage this season. Much like leopard print, it’s appeared in innumerable incarnations over the years, but recently, designers have been taking fatigue-inspired ready-to-wear to new heights. During Resort, fresh takes on the pattern materialized at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Giambattista Valli, and Kelly Wearstler, and it came on particularly strong at the menswear shows. Model Miles Langford sported both high and low versions of the look, first wearing his own thrift-store find in the London streets, then a few days later, turning up on the Dries Van Noten runway in a matching windbreaker and button-up. Historically, camouflage was intended for disguise, but wearing the stuff, you’ll have a hard time blending in.
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Printed pants have been making their mark on both the runways and the streets for several seasons now, and they don’t seem to be loosing any ground. In Paris during the Spring ’12 shows, we spotted editors and models wearing leopard-print jeans, and wild pants of all sorts have popped up aplenty in the pre-fall collections (see Michael Kors, Kelly Wearstler, Ports 1961, etc.) as well. We were excited when we heard that one of our favorite affordable denim lines, Mother, has just joined the print pant parade. For Spring, Lela Tillem Becker and Tim Kaeding have created two print versions of the popular The Looker pant—one with a vibrant paradise scene ($250, available at Nordstrom and ShopBop.com mid-March) and another with orange and coral cherries ($230, in stores mid-February).
With a mere two seasons under her ready-to-wear belt, Kelly Wearstler is already poised to take her design empire one step further. She just opened the doors to her very first retail outpost in West Hollywood. “You walk in, and it’s an experience,” Wearstler explained behind the two opulent doors that open to the designer’s new 2,800-square-foot world.
Much like the ethos that has become emblematic of her brand, the space is a study in contrasts: Dark leather meets the natural light, raw wood floors play off of polished copper glaze, and hand-painted silks pair delicately against the sculpture and art placed throughout. “There’s a refinement and a rawness in everything I do, the rawness of the floor and the refinement of the columns. The same thought goes into the raw silks that I use and the refined treatments that I use on them.”
Wearstler conceptualized and conceived of the store from start to finish, from architecture to product, making the near two-year project an overwhelming labor of love. Inspired to pull all of her products together under one roof, she said that her impetus was clear: “It’s having one voice and it’s applying it to all the different mediums that I work in.” They’re all displayed here, from her Bergdorf-bound Bauble Boxes to her ready-to-wear, signature tees with furniture, and decor for the home, all of which are available for purchase. “We’ll just play with new things at the office—located conveniently right up the street—and we’ll bring it into the store and just see how people respond to it.”
Kelly Wearstler is now open at 8440 Melrose Ave., L.A., www.kellywearstler.com.
It used to be that if you wanted a taste of Kelly Wearstler’s eclectic, antique-chic aesthetic, you’d have to make your way to the seventh floor of Bergdorf Goodman, travel to the Viceroy Hotel, or find a palatial residence that befits her signature decor. But in a concerted effort to reach a larger audience, Wearstler’s got one more trick up her sleeve. Starting today, the interior design doyenne’s new Web site goes live, including her blog, My Vibe, My Life; a special e-commerce is set to follow on August 1. “While Bergdorf Goodman has had the exclusive for four years, we’ve had the time to make sure the products were perfect. Now we have a great sense of what the favorites are,” Wearstler says of the strategic expansion. “We’re just trying to make the collection a little more accessible.” Add to that her recently debuted ready-to-wear label, for which she’s now prepping a Resort collection inspired by “raw, earthy vibes, tribal prints, and South American influences,” and you’ve got the makings of a lifestyle brand. It’s all unified by her attention to detail and appreciation for craftsmanship. “Everything is truly handmade and every piece isn’t made by the same fabricator. They’re made in eight to ten different countries from distinct hands to make them original and not mass-produced,” she says of her home line. Expansion is on her mind eventually, but for now, her plate is full with fashion and the Web. “I’d love to get into some other product categories, but I’m just learning that this is such a different animal. I’d like to take it slow and steady and make sure I just get it right.”