About once a year, I manage to muster up enough courage to purge my closet. The most recent catalyst was the desire to simplify, simplify, simplify. An entire weekend and four trash bags later, I was left with my favorite wardrobe staples – timeless pieces that I could mix and match in a multitude of ways. This is how I’m loving to dress these days and exactly why I loveKhaite. In addition to the beloved denim and knit sweaters upon which her label was built, designer Catherine Holstein’s pre-fall collection is all about classic, investment pieces that still feel individual and offbeat. High waisted wide leg pants, cropped wool jackets, tomboyish tweed suits, waist defining blazer dresses (my favorite!), and crisp poplin button downs are making that closet purge feel 110% worth it.
Elongated ear cuffs, domed and signet rings, oversized barrettes, stacked hoop earrings . . . these are just a few of my favorite things that are currently waiting to be purchased in various online shopping carts. This week’s cold snap has us all bringing out our winter coats again, which is inspiring even more accessory play. And pssst! Shopbop is having an awesome sale until Saturday so use GOBIG18 for discounts on all the pretty gold things.
Since the launch of her eponymous line in 2014, textile designer Rebecca Atwood has continuously wooed me with her collections of pillows, fabric and wallpaper. Remember those roman shades I made using her gorgeous marbled fabric? Rebecca’s experimental printing and dyeing techniques, in combination with her use of painterly color palettes and unique textures, make mixing and matching textiles at home effortless. It only makes sense that her recent foray into bedding would be the next obvious move. And oh man, is it good. Duvet covers, quilted coverlets, embroidered pillowcases and fringed throws, in the softest blue, grey and blush-orange hues, are grouped into collections named after elements of nature. I had so much fun styling my personal favorites together – some of which include a hefty, oversized headboard pillow, a pair of playful linen pillowcases, and a reversible striped coverlet for those extra cozy nights. Dreamy!
Challenging society’s unrealistic expectations of a female’s body image, French artist Inés Longevial has developed a distinct way in which her subjects are painted. By focusing on the power of a woman’s body and composition of posture, and by fragmenting shapes and colors, she sets out to celebrate the uniqueness of womanhood with her art. I can’t help but examine each piece at length, while uncovering the subtleties that make her work so special. Honestly, love.
Just when I thought I’d satisfied my lust for shearling coats this season, a luxe, slightly oversized and reversible coat, from newcomer Arjé, completely stole my heart. And then, so did the rest of the collection. The New York based label launched earlier last year with Donna Karan alums Bessie Afnaim Corral and Oliver Corral. The husband and wife design duo set out to change the way we dress by focusing on comfort, versatility, and luxury. Color palettes are simple and sophisticated and silhouettes are designed to be layered in a multitude of ways. They’re also changing the way we shop with their “see now, buy now” approach. Four collections are to be launched per year, and everything within that collection will be fully produced before debuting. So although my dream shearling coat is sold out, I’m comforted in knowing there’s a lot more Arjé to indulge in for seasons to come.