As is the trend with many women of means launching lifestyle collections, Gabriela Hearst is her own muse. She lives in an impeccably appointed West Village town house with her husband, Austin, and their twin daughters (a third baby is on the way) and grew up on a ranch in Uruguay. Her new line, called Gabriela Hearst, is a reflection of her world, past and present. “I wanted to create a brand that had that feeling of things that are well made and long lasting,” she said in her living room, where the collection was shown Friday.
There’s an equestrian flavor to the clothes in the hardware, but it’s more about flawless classics done in exceptional fabrics — Italian and English double-faced cashmere, merinos, cady silks, chiffons, denim, wax canvas and leathers, worked in a palette of navy, green, burgundy, ivory and black. Special details abound: The neckline of a navy sweater is laced with grosgrain ribbon, and blanketlike wraps that fasten with a chic safety pin are made of the softest Italian yarns. Knee-length skirts in rich leather exude luxury, while a long tailored camel skirt is slit high enough to suggest that the woman wearing it is elegant but not a bore.