June 3, 2008

Catherine Holstein (New York)

One look at her line, and it's clear why Catherine Holstein decided to relocate from her native London to the Big Apple. Her collections most resemble the tomboyish downtown look of fellow Parsons dropout Alexander Wang, NYC's golden boy-of-the-moment. The humongous glasses frames paired with her fall collection led to cries of "librarian chic," but Holstein's girl is no demure wallflower à la Rachel Comey: with an emphasis on solids and colorblocking, and plenty of plays on volume, with a bubble coat, wide trousers, and grubby oversized T-shirts as mainstays of her Fall 2008 collection, Holstein's muse is the kind of girl who rolls out of bed in the morning and pulls on her boyfriend's clothes from last night. Which would lead one to wonder who's actually going to buy these critically acclaimed pieces... but hey, if Barneys and Lane Crawford aren't worrying, why should we?

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