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JUNYA WATANABE - CREATIVE MADNESS

The Japanese label JUNYA WATANABE has always distinguished itself by its creative genius. For more than 30 years now, the brand has been offering fashion in the 'techno-couture' style: offbeat cut, innovative technical fabrics... Junya Watanabe is the perfect blend of utility and modernity.

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THE EVOLUTION OF A LABEL

Between functionality and aesthetics, the brand Khaite will never cease to surprise you with its perfect cuts. From a shop in Soho, New York City to the windows of the biggest concept stores in the world, let’s discover together the path of the New York label.

THE FOUNDER

After working for GAP and Vera Wang, Catherine Holstein founded Khaite in 2016. Based on the nickname of its founder, Khaite also means in Greek 'hair in the wind'. It’s a nod to the touch of femininity that the brand wants to integrate into its collections.

A WORLD OF CONTRAST

Specializing in women’s ready-to-wear, Khaite offers a wide range of products ranging from knitwear to denim to tailoring pieces. The North American label likes to play on contrasts: masculine/feminine, structure/fluidity, strength/softness…

By reworking basics in an elegant and carefree way, a sensual minimalist style is essential. The color palette is mainly composed of white, black, brown, beige but the accents of blue, green and red give character to the outfit. This mixture of shades participates in the elaboration of this raw and engaging aesthetic, characteristic of Khaite.

A STATE OF MIND

Since its creation, the brand has experienced two major moments that propelled it to the front of the stage. In 2019, Katie Holmes is photographed in a Khaite bra and cardigan matching set. The style combined with a casual attitude made the actress the new obsession of the moment. This was enough to make this knitwear piece an iconic model. Four years later, this cardigan remains as popular and sought after.

Meanwhile, in 2022, the designer of the brand received the 'Designer of the Year' for Ready to Wear Feminine' Award. It is said that she designs clothes that we really want to wear. This is also what makes the strength of each of her creations. Catherine Holstein is a woman inspired by her environment in its entirety. She tries to take into account all the elements around which the daily life of women revolves. Particularly, the designer is interested in the desires they have when they decide how to dress in the morning: comfort, structure, practicality, elegance… There will always be a Khaite creation that will match. Between the timeless denims or the mouth pattern adding a pop touch, the choice is vast.

THE CHOICE OF FABRICS, A PRIORITY

Like Série Noire, Khaite pays particular attention to the quality of its pieces. This is why the choice of its materials is a priority. Cashmere, tulle, wool, cotton or leather are privileged since they are high-quality materials. The designer sums up this commitment with a simple sentence:

‘’WHEN YOU BUY CHEAP, YOU GET CHEAP''

This underlines the importance of choosing each element in the process of creating a garment. The brand knows how to anchor itself in its time and thus shapes its timelessness. Among the most coveted pieces, we find the famous cardigan Scarlet, jeans or shirts.

Discover now, all the Khaite selection for the Fall-Winter 2023-2024 season at Série Noire.

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