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Can you tell what’s happening with this adorable Rachel Rose top? Those are little balls of white silk sewn onto the navy backdrop—yes, very knot-ical. —erica

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Next Level: Silk Trenches

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Is it obvious that we’re dreaming of warmer (drier) weather? That would allow us to wear not just a trenchcoat but a SILK one? Cause we’ve been spying these ‘round the internets, and we’re feeling them for sure. —erica

LEVEL I: Doesn’t get more classic than this—you’d have this Thom Browne one for decades.

LEVEL II: This Rachel Comey sucker would even look good layered under a heavier wool coat (in other words: you can wear it now).

LEVEL III: This blue. And why is this Adam Lippes take making me think of Tilda Swinton?

LEVEL IV: From Wood Wood—very sunshine, lollipops.

All the “Next Level” you can handle!

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Of a Kind

Blue Ping Pong Tie by Pierrepont Hicks for Of a Kind

BUY / 20 of a kind / $91

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Go Bananas Silk Scarf by Alexa Sofia for Of a Kind

BUY / 50 of a kind / $120

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Rawaan Alkhatib

A genius poet, master pastry chef, and scarf-designing superstar—yah, we’re talking about one person. Born in Dubai, Rawaan Alkhatib spent her early days surrounded by peacocks and gazelles. “This definitely contributed to my animal obsession, which you can find in my writing and design,” she says. In 2002, she headed to Brown University, eventually landing in an MFA program in Iowa. “It’s the only place where you can be at a bar and a stranger says, ‘So are you a poet or what?’—and you can say yes and own it,” she recalls.

In 2011, Rawaan found herself in New York with a fancy degree and, while poking around for jobs, started making scarves. In 2012, this side project went official (oh, and she landed a 9-to-5 at a luxury flash-sale site, too).

Scarves appeal to her for two reasons: She wears them a lot and comes from a culture of headscarves. “Silk is so magical—it keeps you warm when you’re cold and cool when you’re warm. It has a history of being used in luxury items, but it’s functional,” explains the designer, who hopes to add bags, clothing, and stationery to the mix down the road. “I have no real artistic training—merely boundless enthusiasm,” she says. “But this feels the most right of all the harebrained schemes I’ve had.” —alisha prakash

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Ali Golden

Ali Golden the designer is as straightforward as Ali Golden the line. With a background in graphic design and fine arts, she just sort of fell into the clothing world in 2011, discovering an attraction to flowy fabrics and clean lines. Of course it doesn’t hurt that she is an expert on the sewing machine, still making patterns and sewing her own samples, and is highly involved in every last aspect of her production, a rarity that totally shines through in her simple, thoughtful collection.

Meandering her way up the West Coast, Ali spent her childhood surfing and soaking up SoCal’s carefree vibes and now calls Oakland home. The offbeat neighborhood where her shop-meets-studio is located happens to be one of the coolest scenes in the city, with a vibe speaks to the sort of girl who would be drawn to her pieces. As Ali explains, that’s someone who “wants comfort foremost, but still wants to look good and unique. I like the idea of displaying my style with a lightness and a sense of humor—nothing too serious,” she says. Another key feature of her mostly silk label: “Almost everything is one size fits 0 to 10, so it literally is for everyone. It’s utilitarian and inspired by the notion of a uniform: anonymous with an edge.” —carly pifer

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Of a Kind

When the weather’s not right for a real cable-knit, go all trompe l’oeil with this Rachel Comey silk situation. —erica

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Just when you thought you were over the whole crazy-silk-pant thing, these bad boys from Tabernacle Twins come along. Very Looks Good to Me, no? —erica

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Not that I have any business thinking about what I’m going to want to wear next spring, but, well, these Shabd pants. What color don’t they go with? Enlighten me. —erica

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Corinne Gets Nostalgic

The L.A. designer has been using flowy silk and rich leather since the beginning.

Society for Rational Dress has a distinct point-of-view: Once you get to know the line, you can spot designer Corinne Grassini’s creations—and its masculine-feminine, tough-delicate balance—anywhere. And the really cool thing is that the traits that make her work so stand-out have been in place since the very beginning—2004. As proof, four styles from the early days, back when she had time to make all of the patterns herself and do custom pieces.


“I patterned it, I cut it, I pleated it, I sewed it—I did everything to it. It was a total labor of love because it took days, months to perfect the pattern. I was always recreating it for different women’s bodies. It was a tailored piece—it was never mass-produced—which is something I really love about it as well. When I pull it out of a garment bag, I know there’s only one of them just like this.”


“I did the leather component on this with a guy that I used to work with in the Valley. We would talk forever—just shoot the shit about how much we loved leather. It was amazing what he could do with leather—he was totally magical—and he probably thought I was crazy doing this little silk undergarment with the harness on it.”


“That’s an actual army-surplus harness. You can see it’s much more industrial and raw than the other one. Every season, I like to go back to the one-shoulder pieceto re-inspire me—to see where I want to go next and also to bring me back to what I love about fashion and design.”


“This is one of my favorite pieces—just for the simplicity of it. Anybody in the world could make it. You just cut a circle on the bias and two circles for your arms. I used that shape a lot when I was getting technical with all of the other patterns and wanted something that was super, super simple. Depending on the fabric that you choose and how you decide to close it, it can be a really beautiful piece.”

Don’t miss out on Corinne’s newest creation: the versatile silk dress she made exclusively for us.

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