I’m so thrilled to share this Q&A on Nonsense & Sensibility today with Kelly Wearstler! Kelly was recently in Dallas at Neiman Marcus Downtown and I was thrilled to catch up with her and see what she’ll be shopping and wearing this summer!
N/S: What will you be wearing to summer cocktail parties? Weddings?
Kelly Wearstler: I always mix vintage pieces with my own collection for a raw and refined, California chic vibe. I love chunky jewelry, layered cocktails rings and one of a kind pieces – with a great jacket draped over my shoulders and an insane pair of shoes.
N/S: What inspired your spring and summer collection?
Kelly Wearstler: A Cabinet of Curiosities: cool oddities with interesting, unique detailing.
N/S: What can we expect to see from Kelly Wearstler this fall?
Kelly Wearstler: Lots of jewelry, novelty denim with subtle details and signature hardware. Lapis stone pieces and confetti rings with gems and semi-precious baguettes , black diamonds with rutilated quartz, rose gold patinas… Designs that play to my love of stones and metals.
N/S: What is on your packing list when you travel?
Kelly Wearstler: My Cannon Camera, a tape measure, Rowena luggage, and sunscreen. I always bring one of my Kelly Wearstler throws for the plane – which makes my travel experience instantly more luxurious and cozy.
Kelly loves to mix and match china for dinner parties.
N/S: What’s your go-to gift for a host or hostess?
Kelly Wearstler: One of my stone bottle stops or an alpaca throw, or if it’s for a hostess – jewelry.
N/S: When did you know you wanted to design clothing? What has the transition been like from working as an interior designer and now as an interior designer and fashion designer?
Kelly Wearstler: I’ve always been inspired by fashion. My collection felt like a natural extension of my design process. I’m an avid collector of vintage. I view home accessories and detailing as jewelry for a room. When designing for clients I often look to their closet first to get a sense of what color stories and patterns they relate to most. The two mediums fuel one another.
N/S: What’s your favorite scent or fragrance? Bouquet?
Kelly Wearstler: I love lavender and peonies. I like natural subtle scents that feel organic, nothing artificial or overpowering.
N/S: What’s the most fabulous party you’ve ever been to? What made it so special?
Kelly Wearstler: My favorite parties are family affairs. We love to come up with fun themes each year for my boy’s birthdays. Elliot’s is just before Halloween. Family events are intimate, low key and fun. We go all out for Halloween every year.
Kelly Wearstler and I at Neiman Marcus – fall 2011