By  on November 3, 2015

Head-to-toe black. It’s a de rigueur look for designers with a gothic flare — Ann Demeulemeester, Yohji Yamamoto and Rick Owens come to mind. But in the hands of Catherine Quin, black is merely a preferred backdrop with which to showcase luxurious fabrics and streamlined silhouettes, the tenets of her all-black-everything collection, now in its third season.

“The concept of the brand is a pared-back wardrobe,” Quin explained on a recent trip to New York. “It’s to simplify the daily ritual of getting dressed in the morning. It’s about paring back and having this wardrobe of essentials. It’s for the woman who travels and is busy…when you don’t want [to suffer from] this decision-fatigue of having 10 million things to choose from.”

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