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Label: Nellie Partow
Need to Know: Nellie Partow has been quietly building up her presence in the New York fashion sphere since debuting her namesake collection nearly four years ago. In that time, the designer has become known for her sharp yet feminine tailoring and intricate hand-knits. Every season, Partow sources luxe materials from European mills and produces everything from start to finish in New York’s Garment District. For Spring, she continued to develop her signatures, showing versatile pieces like perfectly cut satin trousers with notched slit details at the ankles, which highlighted a great pair of heels, as well as a densely crocheted cardigan jacket (which took artisans four weeks to weave) that had an armorlike quality about it. Another labor-intensive standout was a glossy tan car coat fabricated from strips of eelskin, which were plaited and stitched together. In addition to those specialty items, Partow had fun experimenting with bold pops of color and flashier fabrications in her own sophisticated way. A slouchy, pajama-esque set looked understatedly glam in a lightweight foiled jacquard, while a delicate pleated chiffon slipdress (with ultrathin straps that measured only one-eighth of an inch) was positively gorgeous in bold fuchsia.
She Says: “I was inspired by an old photo of my mother looking natural and beautiful in an off-the-shoulder sweater. At the end of the day, it’s always about addressing the needs of real women like her, and making clothes that will make them look and feel good. I always try to balance strength with femininity.”
Where to Find It: Saks Fifth Avenue nationwide and specialty boutiques. For more information, visit nelliepartow.com.
Now in her fourth full season, Nellie Partow has made a name for herself as a designer who eschews trends in favor of timelessness (give or take a statement jumpsuit). Chalk her straightforward aesthetic up to her ten years working at Calvin Klein before she set out on her own.”You can only be authentic to yourself,” Partow told Style.com this week at a preview of her Spring ’13 lineup. “I’m driven by making interchangeable items that will live in my customers’ closets for years.”
Like her previous collections, the latest features gorgeous silks, wools, and linens sourced entirely from family-operated Italian mills, and was produced in New York’s Garment District. “I fully support local businesses in both countries,” she says, even if that means getting her textile orders in a little early to account for Italy’s famous month-long summer vacations. “I still don’t know anyone who finishes silks like the Italians; it’s in their blood.”
Knits have emerged as a signature. There were several rose gold-colored tanks here that incorporated a variety of cable stitches that “look like pieces of armor on the body,” according to Partow, and took two weeks apiece to hand-knit. Other standouts include tailored jackets with flouncy peplums as well as easy shift dresses trimmed in python-effect nubuck. (Partow, like many of us, is tired of loud prints and prefers playing with subtle textures). The designer herself is a self-described “pants” girl (as an avid boxer, she’s apparently got a bit of a tomboy streak in her) and showed a lipstick red cap-sleeve jumpsuit that will have women forgoing their evening gowns for all-in-one functionality. For Partow, classic shapes plus quality fabrics multiplied by self-confidence equals true style that doesn’t fade. It’s a simple formula that proves difficult for many designers to execute, but considering recent pickups by Saks Fifth Avenue, where she hangs next to labels including Stella McCartney and The Row, and a slew of smaller boutiques, it appears Partow is on the right track.