New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2024 saw many designers delving into introspective themes, and Khaite, under the helm of the acclaimed Cate Holstein, was no exception. Stepping away from the typical runway theatrics, Holstein staged her show in a darkened Pier 61 space, with a mirrored runway reflecting the models as they walked – a literal embodiment of self-reflection.
This introspection permeated the entire collection. Inspired by memories of her stylish mother and the fleeting nature of moments, Holstein translated these sentiments into hauntingly beautiful pieces. Silky gazar tops with flowing skirts danced down the runway, capturing a moment in time, while goddess-like draped gowns exuded timeless elegance. Long opera gloves added a touch of drama, further emphasizing the ethereal beauty.
But Khaite wouldn’t be Khaite without its signature strength. This season, it manifested in bold new takes on the brand’s beloved staples. Sculpted leather coats with statement shoulders, in both cropped and elongated silhouettes, redefined outerwear. Paperbag waist skirts and pants offered a contemporary update on tailored basics, while luscious faux furs (including a lipstick red homage to Holstein’s mother) added a touch of playful luxury. Scarfy silk prints and whisper-thin chiffon gowns floated down the runway, leaving an unforgettable memory in their wake.
The overall message? Vulnerability expressed through strength, a sentiment that resonates deeply with the Khaite woman. As Holstein herself shared, “I’ve entered a point in my life of actual calm and happiness…Sitting with happiness, it’s funny, it’s harder than misery in a way. So I’m trying to train myself to sit in happiness.” This introspective journey translated into clothes that empower women to embrace their authentic selves, celebrating both their strength and their vulnerability.
While some critics might point out the lack of pieces catering to the Khaite woman’s downtime, the overall impact of the collection was undeniable. It was a poignant tribute to personal growth, a celebration of quiet strength, and a testament to the power of self-reflection in a world obsessed with outward success. So, if you’re looking for clothing that speaks to your inner strength and vulnerability, Khaite Fall/Winter 2024 might just be the perfect reflection of yourself.