New Designer KHAITE / NOW IN ss19


Launched in 2016 by designer Catherine Holstein, Khaite has become known for its signature balance of structure and fluidity, strength and softness, masculine and feminine – combining to create a collection of elevated, elegant pieces. Effortless cashmere and denim are key, alongside pared-back shirting and dresses.

What does American style look like in 2019? It’s a question most New York designers have been asking themselves. Khaite’s Catherine Holstein focuses on the operative word: style. Not fashion necessarily. Her collections center around timeless, highly considered pieces with subtle notes of the current moment, like a particular shade of pink or a bit of Southwestern flair. The results are ultra-luxe, but the key to Khaite’s massive success is that it still feels down-to-earth. It helps that even her most sumptuous cashmere coats and leather blazers are grounded by jeans, shirting, and knits—the building blocks of most women’s wardrobes.

Holstein can’t be all things to all women, but she’s trying to speak to most of them. For the minimalist, Spring offered crisp button-downs, new low-slung jeans, and a caped trench; for the more feminine dresser, the designer introduced vaguely ’90s-ish tie-front camisoles and cotton circle skirts; and for the younger set, there were cashmere bras and briefs (to be worn with or without clothing). Holstein debuted her first “real” lingerie, too: delicate triangle bras trimmed with lace. Lingerie isn’t the category we’d expect her to get into next—our bet would have been on shoes or bags—but those bralettes will no doubt sell fast. 

Holstein described her other growing category as “easy evening”—i.e., unfussy dresses you can wear with heels at night or with flats during the day. 

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