On an early Friday morning in New York City, hours before Bergdorf Goodman opens, Kelly Wearstler is already inside the store’s popular eatery, BG. It’s a place the interiors doyenne knows very well — she designed it, after all. Now, however, the restaurant has been transformed into a makeshift showroom, full of racks of colorful clothes and hair and makeup artists flittering about. Wearstler is here to talk about her newest venture, which brings her from the fashionable home to fashion itself with a collection that, for now, includes clothes, jewelry, clutches and scarves.
“I have been thinking about it for probably five years,” says the Los Angeles-based Wearstler, wearing a hand-painted orange-and-black blazer and skinny jeans from her line. “So much of my influence in interior design comes from fashion, and everything relating to fashion, from jewelry, which can be reminiscent of sculpture, to the colors and silhouettes that I find in clothing. This feels like a natural evolution.”
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