Friday, May 23, 2008

designer 101: rozae nichols

i got an email from the lovely kate boutique yesterday, showcasing the newest brand into their fantastic boutique: rozae nichols. nicols is an LA native, but her pieces have such a worldly, ethnic vibe - i love the drape, the unique cuts and styling, and the fabrics, which might just be the best part of her collections.

this gorgeous dress ($488) is a perfect example - the cut is fantastic, and the styling is inherently flattering for just about every shape. but that fabric and sash really steal the show.

this yellow halter dress ($518) is the perfect summer addition. the styling is fantastic - i think halter dresses are tough to get right, but nichols has nailed it. the details are effortless (literally - the belt and gorgeous wooden button mean no accessorizing necessary). and that ikat-inspired fabric is incredibly of-the-moment, yet the rest of the dress doesn't scream trendy.

the dresses are perfection - but i even love her basics. take this jersey tank ($250), for example. proof that names can be deceiving - i would have no trouble wearing this simple "tank" to a dinner party, but it makes a perfect weekday work option, and a perfect denim companion as well.

ditto for this beautiful, seemingly classic black sweater. but take a closer look at those details - the neck tie makes this piece instantly sophisticated and effortlessly styled, and the chic neckline and contrast trim keep this piece unique, and well worth its $160 sale price (see that? you knew i'd have a sale piece in there somewhere...).

check out the full rozae nichols lines at kate boutique or over at shopjake - i've definitely found a new designer to love. hope i'm not the only one!