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KHAITE'S 5 GOLDEN RULES OF STYLE
Thanks to her quietly luxurious style, Cate Holstein, the founder and creative director of the burgeoning New York-based brand serves up never-ending outfit inspiration both on and off the catwalk. This is how she does it…
1. FEMININITY CAN BE STRONG AND DELICATE
"I think especially in the United States, the word “feminine” when used to describe a garment can give off the connotation of “pretty” or “precious”, or - God forbid - “girly.” I require every outfit we create to feel substantial and weighty, yet delicate."
2. THINK BALANCE
"It’s so nice to hear the Shelly dress is much loved by your very own Fashion Director, Shelly Corkery! For me, the Shelly dress is a good example of how I like to work proportion. When designing, balancing many different facets of form and function is front and centre in my mind."
3. ELEGANCE IS EASE
"While we want the pieces to be distinct, there is an ease and function that make them transitional and applicable to many wardrobes. I always go with the old adage, take one thing away before you leave the house and go with your gut."
4. TEXTILE DESIGNERS ARE THE REAL ARTISTS
"My design process always begins with textiles. I can’t start designing until I see the fabrics from the mills. Everything feels easy after that."
5. FIND INSPIRATION EVERYWHERE
"My inspiration comes from many facets. It never begins with a single concept. To me, that feels so trite - but for spring, I wanted a fresh, warm, longingly romantic and strong mood. I went from there to working looks for a long, hot summer."
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