It is evident in one look that Kelly Wearstler approaches clothing design in the same way she approaches the chic interiors she designs. One can see the love for tapestry of her interior design aesthetic literally woven into the fabrics of the geometric patterns of her sweaters for instance.
For her Resort 2013 collection, prints and fabrics are paired as novel-y as she might toss the chicest of pillows onto one of her own couches. Mind you, the pairings are always unpredictable, distinctive and unmistakably luxurious.
This season on the runway, Wearstler layered wild pairings of jungle-safari prints in bright yellows like fashionable camouflage with pinks, tweeds and more ladylike touches. One could imagine the models blending right it to the scenery of her luxe spaces filled with chic pink-foiled wallpaper and animal-print throws and rugs.
What I love most is that her obvious well-trained eye for design also delights in a wild-child side. Rock n’ roll always plays as much a part in her collections as does the more exotic bohemian influences. Here, geometrics and harem pants play nice with edgy yellows, paint splatters, brights, camouflage, denim, slashed tees, leather boots and skinny jeans, all seeming to draw from 80’s punk and modern-day rock.
All the-while the sophisticated, feminine and ladylike touches of the well mannered, well traveled and glamorous are there. In Weartsler’s vision, a woman would be just as comfortable stomping it out in the concrete jungle or politely taking tea. Either way she’s more than put together. See more of Wearstler's chic interiors in her books Hue, Modern Glamour and the soon-to-be-released, Chromatic Rhaposody. You can shop her current collection at Saks Fifth Avenue.
When I came across this Alice & Olivia video for their Summer 2011 collection I had to share this for my post on summer brights and the colorblocking trend we're seeing that are so hot in fashion right now! What is colorblocking? You've probably heard of the trend that started in early spring that's punctuated by pops of bold color and highlighted by the mixing and matching of separates in all-over hues, in sometimes unexpected ways. Strong prints with geometric shapes in solid hues are big for fall and an all-over-wash of striking color is very of-the-moment, for accessories too.
Just check out Emma Stone's recent cover for Elle.
Bright denim in bold colors, from Tory Burch and AG, are perfect now for bright summer days and is one way to take the trend through fall. Anthropologie's latest catalogue and email also showcases color in a big way. Check out the rich pair of denim and sea green loafers I've got my eye on. The trend is so eye-catching and refreshing, and lets you rethink how you've paired color before, and in such an artsy way. Don't you think? Colors that have traditonally been thought to clash newly interplay & get new life with newly acceptable pairings. For example: pink and red or blue and black. Just think of yourself as the artist choosing the colors for the palette of a bright modernist painting. Or, picking out the standouts from a box of the crayons. It's all about having fun and showing off your colors. Make it sophisticated with purples, reds and jewel tones, or, slightly punk-y with neons and flourescents that pop. Check out these girls at Paris Fashion Week. Aren't they stunning and looking like they are having the best time?
You can also just stick with an all-over wash of color, in just one hue, but it better be bold. Juicy shades and pastels like orange, lemon, turquoise and salmon can also be very pretty when paired and are perfect for lips and nails, but for makeup, neutrals also offer nice balance. Remember, the trend is not about moderation, it's all about color, color, color! So don't be afraid to have some fun! Like the song in the Alice & Olivia vid says,
"Only you can make it happy!" So snap up some colorful styles now.