I ask a lot of clients what their favorite colors are and they say, ‘I don’t know what I want to live in.’ I say, ‘Go in your closet and look at the majority of what color is in there; that’s the color you’re going to like living in.
~ Kelly Wearstler
Whether she is dressing interiors or dressing models, interior and fashion designer Kelly Wearstler is taking the world of high-style by storm — a very chic storm.
Since she started her own interior design firm in 1995, Kelly has taken lessons from celebrated decorators such as Dorothy Draper and William Haines, applying the modern sensible style of a strict colour palette and clean, graphic lines to the chic, plush and swanky glamour of old Hollywood . . .
the Wearstler-designed Trina Turk boutique in Los Angeles
Designing the sophisticated interiors for places such as the Avalon, the Viceroy hotels and resorts, Maison 140, and BG at Bergdorf Goodman has gained Kelly much admiration and praise in the worlds of décor — The New Yorker has referred to her as “the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design.”
Along with designer Johnathan Adler and Miles Redd, Kelly has been credited with bringing “the florid and the decorative back to interior design,”(New York Times) mixing modern and historical designs, such as a Roman head, against a wall of popping colours and designs, with a Rococo mirror, accented by a shag rug.
At the gem show I came across some of Mother Nature’s finest work. I am crazy for the vibrant colours and incredible textures of these beauties. Working with gem stones makes me happy. They add an interesting and thoughtful element to everything I design from cuffs to keepsake boxes.
from the fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection
It comes as no surprise that Kelly’s mod-glam sensibility for interiors has generously flowed into the clothing she designs. Her clothing line is perfectly feminine, with an edgy touch. Mixing bold colours and patterns, as she does in her interiors, Kelly’s Ready-To-Wear collection includes graphic cropped jackets, hand-painted blouses and pouf skirts, all accessorised with her wide array of sculptural jewels and metal clutches that have a handmade, industrial-chic feeling. The bedroom of Kelly Wearstler’s beach house, with hand-painted wallpaper and Mansour Modern carpet, a vintage bed, and Wearstler custom designed bedside tables . . .