Denitza Skorcheva measured each garment in her new collection, Roumel6, against a simple but elusive standard: “We all have a perfect piece in our closet, something we always grab when we feel bad or we don’t know what to wear,” said Skorcheva, who’s launching the collection for spring.
“What makes the perfect piece in our closet?” she asked. Three elements: “It has to have a design that you love, it has to have great fit and great fabric. If you take one component away, it’s not perfect anymore.”
After spending the majority of her career in the mass market — 11 years as vice president of design at Nine West and before that, Necessary Objects — Skorcheva, who’s originally from Bulgaria and is based in New York, decided to launch her own line in the designer market. “I always wanted to do high-end because I love beautiful fabrics and details,” she said. Prices range from $700 for pants to $900 for shirts and $1,500 to $2,100 for dresses.
Aside from her three-part, perfect-piece checklist, Skorcheva was inspired by Leonard Lauder’s Cubism exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “I loved the way he curated the collection and picked each piece so there were no fillers in between,” she said. Each garment is meant to stand alone and ideally fall into the seasonless category. A black silk blouse features subtly sequined cuffs; a black cotton A-line sundress gently laces up the side of the bodice; there’s a shirtdress/trench hybrid; a black and white dress done in graphic lace, and four-ply silk pants designed to feel like sweatpants. “Everything has a feminine side,” Skorcheva said. “But it’s not too sweet.”