KHAITE presents the fall winter 2023 collection in New York.
Alexa Chung, Charlotte Lawrence, Sophia Roe, Karlie Kloss, Chloe Fineman, Camille Rowe, Anna Weyant, Louisa Jacobson, Vanessa Hong, Meghann Fahy, Ella Emhoff, Derek Blasberg, Emili Sindlev, Coco Baudelle, Geraldine Boublil, Charlotte Groeneveld, TyLynn Nguyen, Rebecca Dayan, Ivy Getty, Athena Calderone, Tamu McPherson, Harley Viera-Newton, Ilirida Krasniqi, Grece Ghanem, Alizee Gamberini.
Debuting within the intimate spaces of the first KHAITE store, Fall/ Winter 2023 explores transformative power, mirroring the evolution of KHAITE and the seasoned woman it now presents. Power is owned rather than declared, wielded with ease.
The new flagship spans the ground and subterranean floors of the historic cast-iron building at 165 Mercer Street. Its design is rooted in the industrial and creative legacy of SoHo, where a generation of artists forged their identities in light-filled lofts with found materials.
Origins in SoHo
Architect Griffin Frazen traced KHAITE to its origins in SoHo and materiality, shaping spaces into volumes defined by steel, concrete, and glass while favoring subtraction over addition, patina over polish. Elemental qualities highlight the dynamic nature of the environment, which is constantly recalibrated by natural light and bodies in motion.
The silhouettes of Fall/Winter are at once extended and clarified, animated by distinct layers and alluring apertures. Signature techniques are honed. Structure and contrast redefine familiar textures. Heightened details emerge as gestures. With stealth strength ripened into assured influence, the pleasures of connection—and control— are revealed.
Boldly formed outerwear sets the tone, decisive and sensual. Strong-shouldered coats and jackets are streamlined by thoughtfully placed darts, vertical seaming, and internal structures accentuating the waist. Traditional construction techniques and dynamic accents of black leather sharpen plush shearling. A hooded cape is made city-ready by golden snap buttons and robust materials, whether textured lambskin or rubberized twill.
Elongated shapes–fluid trousers, sleek jersey dresses, corset-inspired pencil skirts, and button-ups bracketed by narrow pleats are balanced by cropped jackets amplified by curved arms and compact padding, while A-line silhouettes, godets, and slit hems introduce fresh, flounced proportions that come alive with movement. Tops and dresses suspended from spaghetti straps take on new dimensions in fabrications ranging from layered chiffon to tactile combinations of seamed leather and lustrous shearling.
In knitwear, refinement is expressed through center-stitched dresses of fine merino wool, reimagined turtlenecks, new variations on Fair Isle charm, and sculpted silhouettes in stretch matte viscose, including a shoulder-baring dress, finished with covered buttons. Heritage cashmere, ribbed and luscious, is extended into an enveloping dress, while a finer weight combines intarsia knitting with graphic appliqués of dueling red Corvettes.
Enliven by deep greens, the predominantly neutral palette focuses on artfully mixed materials and distinctive finishing touches like baby hems, reverse bindings, and raw edges on sheer underlayers. Footwear and accessories echo the collection’s interplay of rounded profiles, clean lines, and exceptional materials, as seen in shearling mules, square-toed boots, and the sculpted, scaled-up hardware of ribbed ear cuffs low-slung statement belts.
An expanded range of bags offers options from draped totes and cinch-top backpacks to capacious weekenders that balance structure with softness.