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Design Insider: Kelly Wearstler


Kelly Wearstler is something of a powerhouse when it comes to the ever-changing world of design.  Having built a name (more like an empire) for herself by creating elaborate and luxurious interiors for both domestic and international hotels, Wearstler’s work is marked by a strong sense of color and the juxtaposition of classic and contemporary elements of design. She is perhaps best known for her work with the Viceroy hotel chain, as well as her re-design of the Avalon and Maison 140 in Beverly Hills. Not only is her resume impressive, but Wearstler’s design know-how is highly sought after by a high-profile celebrity fan base.

Wearstler has been widely recognized in the press for her design prowess, having received accolades from Town and Country, Bon Apetit, Time Style and Design, and Modern Bride.  In 2007, she opened her own interior design boutique at Bergdorf Goodman, showcasing a range of home goods and furniture.

Already having established herself within the interior design community as a force to be reckoned with, Wearstler has set out to conquer an entirely new (but not altogether unrelated) realm—the  world of fashion. Receiving acclaim as one of the year’s best dressed by Vogue, Kelly’s personal style has become almost as celebrated as her interior design. Her first line of ready-to-wear, jewelry, and clutches are set to debut at Bergdorf Goodman.

While many designers make the move from fashion to home goods (think Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, etc.) seldom does it happen the other way around. However, It appears that Wearstler has approached her first ready-to-wear collection with the same sensibilities as she does her interiors.  Predominantly geometric black and white ensembles are offset with bright pops of color, while subtle patterns are mixed and matched for a bold yet feminine effect.

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