Variations

Portrait of a Lady:
Khaite’s Richly Reflective New Collection

Photographed by Hanna Tveite

The rich tones and lush textures of Khaite’s first resort collection are rooted in the human drive for comfort and connection: instincts heightened as November turns to December. “It’s a feeling of familiarity—a seeking to touch and feel that comes from within,” says Catherine Holstein, founder and creative director of the New York-based ready-to-wear label. “With this collection arriving in the holiday season, the time of year when reflection is most relevant, warmth was the literal and figurative inspiration.”

Click/tap image to shop the item pictured. Khaite Susan Shirt

The enveloping coziness of pajama dressing and plush knits—lofty cashmere cardigans and cropped crewnecks, merino wool bodysuits—is balanced by crisp cotton poplin shirting, satin-backed crepe, and classic denim, all in a palette that is as warm as it is cool, with rich burgundy and buttered ivories joined by deep navy and sky blue.

“I work to make sure that I am satisfied with the notes of the colors, and that comes from the allocation through the materials,” says Holstein. “Throughout the design process, we use different techniques to build on top of the colors, in order to hit that spot where I feel the color is presenting the best version of itself.”

Click/tap image to shop the items pictured. Khaite Agatha Shirt, Verdura Gold and Diamond Knot Choker

Holstein works intuitively, allowing each Khaite collection to be guided by feelings rather than through references to objects. “I originally wanted to be a portrait painter,” she says. “What I’ve always loved about painting the human face is the building of all the different colorful skin tones on top of one another. This applies to how I design a garment.”

Click/tap image to shop the item pictured. Manolo Blahnik for Khaite Serba Pump
With this collection arriving in the holiday season, the time of year when reflection is most relevant, warmth was the literal and figurative inspiration.Catherine Holstein
Click/tap image to shop the item pictured. Khaite Stella Dress
Simple yet substantial, satin-backed crepe is among Khaite’s signature materials. “I always encourage anyone to actually try it on,” says Holstein, “because it really transforms upon touching the skin.”
Click/tap image to shop the item pictured. Manolo Blahnik for Khaite Serba Pump

There’s an enchanting ease in the collection’s fluid camisoles and slipdresses, some etched with contrast topstitching along their hems, yet even the most relaxed pieces—a pajama-inspired shirt-and-pants pair—remain polished, revealing refined details such as covered buttons and tonal piping. “You would be surprised how suit-like it is once on the body,” she says of the satin-backed crepe pieces. “The sheen on the fabric adds a festive element that can take the set to any holiday event.”

Click/tap image to shop the items pictured. Khaite Phoebe Dress, Repossi C-Line Ring

Lighting Design Max Bernetz
Styling Vanessa Traina
Hair Rita Marmor at Streeters
Makeup Stevie Huynh at Bryant Artists
Model Mali Koopman