3 posts tagged "Whitley Kros"
“With every collection, we always want to see where Whitley’s traveling,” says Whitley Kros designer Marissa Ribisi of her Spring 2010 inspiration. “This time we were thinking a small Caribbean island.” For their Spring 2010 lookbook, Ribisi, co-designer Sophia Coloma, and photographer Tierney Gearson didn’t make it as far as the islands, but a rustic spread in Sunland, California fit the bill quite nicely. “The house had this perfect gypsy vibe, with this haphazard feel that’s been put together from years of collecting things,” Ribisi explained. As for the clothes themselves, there’s plenty worth adding to your own collection. Back are the best-selling printed tees, now paired with glittering obi belts and denim culottes. Sequined, strapless party dresses—a hit from their holiday collection—return, too, this time layered over the season’s can’t-live-without bateau stripes. And, of course, no Whitley Kros collection would be complete without a few prints, here in a delicate turquoise and lapis.
Marissa Ribisi and Sophia Coloma’s L.A. label, Whitley Kros, centers around the line’s fictional muse and namesake, and for holiday, Whitley is going to New York for some festive parties. “We hate to put her into a decade, but we were thinking a little bit eighties,” said Coloma. Cue the gold-flecked miniskirt and sweater jacket with exaggerated shoulders and velvet detailing, along with red-carpet-ready incarnations of on-trend jumpers in satin and flocked paisley. But festive attire aside, the designers are acknowledging the pressures of the recession with their latest endeavor, the Whitley Kros Basics, set to launch at the end of October. Available year round, the collection will include a blended mix of the casual staples the label has become known for (think seamless cotton tees and knit separates) in a versatile palette of neons and neutrals.
Whitley Kros designers Marissa Ribisi and Sophia Coloma went digital for Fall. At their Sunday night fashion week slot, the L.A. designers welcomed guests like Cat Power’s Chan Marshall, Devendra Banhart, and Giovanni Ribisi to studio-slash-party hot spot Miauhaus to check out their ’09 offerings via installation and video presentation. “This multimedia stuff is so them, and you get to talk here,” hostess Erika Christensen, in a turquoise Whitley Kros dress, said of the designers and their new venue. “You do not get to talk at a fashion show.” Off-the-shoulder tops, bright prints, belted shirtdresses, and schoolgirl blazers (the Whitley Kros girl has been backpacking through Eastern Europe) along with notes, photos, and travel accessories adorned the walls. “She’s like a nomad and wanderer, and it feels like you’re walking into her wardrobe or hotel room,” Marissa—whose husband, Beck, created the play list for the evening—said of the decor. “This was what we always wanted to do, and it sort of feels like the art world or something.”