The wonderful women of Nest Together interviewed me about DE SMET. I discuss who and what inspires me outside of the fashion industry, the piece of clothing that has lasted in my wardrobe for years and what I’d like to see next for DE SMET. Read the full interview here. All photography by Valeria Castillo.
It’s refreshing to see so many political messages of hope on the New York runways this season. One of my favorites comes from The Row Fall 2017 collection. Small embroideries punctuate white shirts with messages of unity, dignity, freedom and hope. All things we want for the future of our country. The placement of the embroideries signify that they are more for the wearer than the observer. Other favorite moments at The Row include a splash of yellow, raw fringed edges, head to toe monochrome looks, cinched waists and refined black acid wash denim.
I’ve spent years editing my wardrobe and as a result, many of the bright colors and printed pieces have been donated or sold in favor of solid neutrals that are more timeless. Every year I get an itch to invest in a little color, but my only criteria is that the color must act as a neutral in the way that it still coordinates with the rest of my wardrobe. This editorial is a great example of how the idea of ‘Colors as Neutrals’ can work successfully. Stylist Elodie David Touboul effortlessly pairs soft yellow and terra-cotta with a base wardrobe of black and white. The simplicity of a single color, livens up any look when paired with neutral essentials. This editorial is two years old, but the mix of colors still feels fresh, which is essentially the ultimate goal. Do you wear a color that you consider a neutral? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
View more work from photographer Axel Filip Lindahl here.
When investing in new pieces for your well-edited wardrobe, versatility is key. I always ask myself, can I wear this garment for more than one season, more than one occasion and will it withstand my bi-annual end-of-season purge? This is how I design pieces for DE SMET, including the Shirt Jacket that launched yesterday. Pictured here in white, this is how I like to wear the DE SMET Shirt Jacket for winter: Layered between a light-weight turtleneck and a kimono coat, tucked into high-waist jeans. It adds a fresh pop of white to an otherwise somber ensemble. Come springtime, I will wear this style as a jacket over my favorite t-shirt or on its own as a shirt.
Building an edited wardrobe takes time, and patience. Trying to find that perfect piece at the right price, in your size and desired color takes time. When the January sales hit (i.e. now) you must strike while the sartorial iron is hot, but try to refrain from impulse purchases. Take time to research the fabric, fit and care for each item before adding to cart, as many of the deeply discounted duds are final sale. I’m a huge fan of uniform dressing, so my January sales picks add longevity to my existing wardrobe. I’ve rounded up some of my must-have sale items that are up to 70% off from Net-a-Porter and Farfetch.
This collarless Lemaire blazer has just the right amount of monastic meets boyish charm vibe. Opting for an update to the classic blue poplin shirt, this Marni top boasts seasonless potential. A reimagined classic hoop earring feels fresh yet timeless. Schoolgirl nostalgia meets sophisticated comfort in these Mary Jane shoes by The Row. A nod to the 90’s bucket bag, this update from 3.1 Phillip Lim adds structural integrity to any look. Raw edge denim is here to stay, but choosing a silhouette with longevity is key, enter: Rachel Comey jeans.