Love was clearly on Gabriela Hearst’s mind when she set out to design her Fall 2016 collection. Inspired by four female artistic forces, the assortment of apparel featured romantic silhouettes like peasant blouses, midi-skirts, suiting and a wealth of delicious cashmere knits in shades of rose, navy and cream echoing back to the designer’s Uruguayan roots. They were at once feminine and strong.
One common thread that connected each piece, from the cardigans to the sheath dresses, was that each seam, hem, or embroidered accent that appeared to be a mix of circles and lines were actually the word “love” spelled out in Morse code over and over again. “I’m always attracted to lines and circles and in a way, it’s communication,” said Ms. Hearst. “I immediately thought of the Morse Code and then got to thinking about what word we should use. And there’s only one. It’s love.”
Showing for the first time in her brand new studio in West Chelsea, Ms. Hearst is now showcasing a new grown-up vision of her brand. The product assortment is on point with a diverse offering of ready-to-wear and accessories that will dress everyone from downtown debutantes to Queens of Madison Avenue. With the masthead elite in full attendance, Ms. Hearst is certainly commanding the presence of the fashion guard. As her collections get progressively richer and more sophisticated, it will be fun to see just far she goes.