“It was kind of inspired by mosaic travels,” said Charlotte Ronson about her Resort 2007 collection previewing this week. She was standing in the middle of her small shoebox-shaped boutique on Mulberry Street in Nolita. The clothes were piled up on white shelving units in a take-it-or-leave-it style that suited the 30-year-old socialite and designer. “Just like a vacation after a long fall, it’s nice to have that soft wearable—but still, like, dark tones that I can wear in fall, so you don’t look too …” she said, eyeing this reporter’s light-colored sweater.
Though she doesn’t get to travel as much as she’d like, Ms. Ronson said she was influenced by trips to Spain, Ibiza and the Caribbean—“anywhere the sun shines.” She looks up to fellow clothiers like Rachel Comey, APC, Stella McCartney and Chloe, but she thinks it’s important to showcase young designers, too. (In the store, she has a case filled with retro-looking jewelry designed by a Teen Vogue assistant named Mary Kate Steinmiller.)
Ms. Ronson, whose brother, Mark Ronson, and sister, Samantha Ronson, have achieved a certain amount of notoriety in the music industry, has high ambitions for her own label. On top of her New York and Tokyo stores, she said she’d like to open others in L.A. and London. And she would also like to try her hand at designing a line of baby apparel. How cute! At the moment, however, she’s just looking forward to spending the holidays at her sister’s in L.A. “I’m going to stay with her Thanksgiving and cook—probably everything but turkey.”
So, is Ms. Ronson a vegetarian?
“No, I just am not a huge fan of turkey,” she said.