Gabriela Hearst introduced her line for fall, fully branded and ready for business with accessories, shoes and ready-to-wear — picked up to launch at Barneys — and wasted no time getting into resort. The whole operation is impressive, including Hearst herself, who showed the line a few days before giving birth to her third child. “I’m really interested in strong female characters,” she said. “Usually when women are really tough on the outside, they’re hiding a very soft part of them.”
Hearst mentioned Tilda Swinton’s character in “I Am Love,” her evolution from pristine Milanese lady to romantic woman in love, and the clothes this season reflected an impeccable taste level and eye for classics. It was a complete wardrobe for a certain woman. There were finely ribbed knit underpinnings, silk blouses and dresses with herringbone patterned Swiss lace, gorgeous knits in sweatshirt material laced with grosgrain ribbon details and sturdy tailored trenches and a cape. Some of the shapes and the line’s practical minimalism derive from a look that is very current at the designer level, but Hearst is cultivating her own perfectly polished point of view.