The Working Gamine:
Power Dressing for Fall
by Rebecca Johnson
Photographed by Hanna Tveite
Three years ago, the inception of KHAITE helped usher in a new wave of strong and sensual looks that channeled both feminine and masculine sensibilities. For fall, designer Catherine Holstein took that mix one step further. She sought fresh relevance by digging deep into her line’s New York roots and her own early 90s memories of the city. Not familiar throwback tropes like grunge and chain wallets, mind you, but subtle and unexpected details that speak to a different story of the decade.
Call it this season’s answer to power dressing. Instead of the street, Holstein looked to the boardroom carpet, recalling the refined, textured interiors of her father’s workplaces. Riffing on enduring symbols (tufted leather, mahogany), she translated their essence into KHAITE’s signature textiles (cashmere, merino, poplin, denim) for a wardrobe meant to be both gamine and go-getter, modern yet mindful of tradition. Think substance and structure tempered with supple softness; think attention-grabbing statement coats worn over luxuriously soft sweaters and crepe twill dresses.
Sleek bodysuits pair with pinstripe pants or classic jeans in a perfect dark blue wash, clean and strong. The tailored cut of a double-breasted blazer or an elegant long coat balances the fluidity of pinstripe pants, brimming with the innate sense of ease and abundant energy that is at the core of the KHAITE aesthetic: carefree, dynamic, and polished.
I was thinking about the New York I would visit in the 90s—that felt so meaty. Robust is the key word for this collection.Catherine Holstein
The organic appeal of KHAITE’s newest pieces is both a testament to now and to the inventive spirit of the pre-millennial era, the last decade before mobile phones. “I have been thinking a lot lately about the times on the brink of modern technology, when there were only whispers of the Palm Pilot,” Holstein said of her vision for fall. “I wanted the collection to be that nod and reinterpret it into the next generation of American sportswear.” And what, after all, is more forward-looking than that?
Lighting Jon Ervin
Styling Gabrielle Marceca
Makeup Ayana Awata
Model Sasha Pivovarova
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