Freya Sweatshirt ($245, 323.655.2142) in Sand (available at Satine on April 17)
A supremely comfortable sweater is one of those basics you never knew you needed--until you bought one, that is. We have a hunch you'll want to sport this lightly distressed sweatshirt everywhere, especially since its pale hue, a mix of creamy oatmeal and heather gray, matches everything. The scoop-neck pullover is perfect for cooler spring and summer evenings too, and will mix well with your Marant staples (we're thinking a floral skirt and ankle boots!)
Athena Dress ($695, 323.655.2142) in Navy (available at Satine on April 17)
We're a sucker for lace, and the Athena Dress' subtle inserts have completely sold us on this pretty, navy-colored number. The frock exudes a vibe both elegant (demure long sleeves and a flared skirt) and slightly provocative (skin-baring lace panels running down the sides), resulting in a party-perfect look.
Blake Top ($395, 323.655.2142) in White/Black (available at Satine on April 17)
Every style savant should own a basic white button-down, designed to easily transition from the boardroom to after-hours drinks with friends. Satine's Blake Top is simply a cooler, warm-weather version of that; the sleeveless shirt has a ruffled neckline and an elongated hem at the back, two subtle elements that lend elegance without appearing over the top.
Katherine Blazer ($495, 323.655.2142) in Sky (available at Satine on April 17)
You'll likely want to add a burst of color to your wardrobe this season, and we think the teal Katherine Blazer is a versatile pick! Paired with a dark sheath dress and sleek pumps, the no-frills blazer channels bold sophistication in the workplace, but it looks equally stylish for a more casual setting when teamed with a floaty blouse and skinny jeans.
Lucy Pants ($325, 323.655.2142) in White./Black (available at Satine on April 17)
Consider the Lucy Pants your new must-buy trousers of the season! Instead of opting for basic black, brown, or gray--the standard colors most women already own--try this crisp white pair for a fresh look. As a bonus, the pants incorporate a touch of color-blocking with solid black hems, and as you know, you can never go wrong with a color palette as chic as basic black and white.--Tiffany Tse
Q&A with Jeannie Lee and Kelly Sawyer Patricof
What inspired the start of your design career?
JL: Having been a store owner for 8 years, I have figured out there are things that are really hard to find. Kelly and I have deep, philosophical discussions about it, which sounds crazy, but we don't understand how we see so many great pieces from the best collections in the world, yet at the end of the day there are still things missing that every girl needs. On our constant want list are slouchy blazers, great pants, and easy dresses, all made with the highest quality fabrics and developed to fit perfectly.
KSP: I've always been obsessed with fashion and clothing, and being a model just enforced that even more. Being surrounded by creative, passionate people who were as excited by clothes as I was certainly helped!
What was the inspiration behind this season's collection?
JL: I've always been inspired by street fashion in Tokyo and Paris; not the kind you see during Fashion Week, but regular girls with insane style who have mastered the art of putting unlikely-yet-it-looks-genius pieces together. No matter what city she lives in, that's the customer we are designing for.
KSP: Jeannie and I get inspiration from so many things, from traveling to buildings. It really can be anything that catches our eye and makes us think. We are constantly sending each other pictures of things that inspire us and spark something inside us that we then translate into pieces for the season. The inspiration for our S/S 12 print, for example, came from a photo I saw of a building in Hong Kong.
How would you style specific pieces from this collection? Do you have a favorite piece in the collection?
KSP: I like to bring down the dressy pieces, like the column pants, with our black linen t-shirt and a leather biker jacket, and dress up the tees and tanks with a pencil skirt and heels. I love the laid-back style the girls in LA have, and we take our cues from them. Not every piece has to match and be part of a whole outfit; the mixing and matching with other pieces in a girl's wardrobe is what makes for personal style and that's what we are designing for our girls. Our goal is to give the customer that perfect basic each season they can wear time and time again with any look-last season it was our linen t-shirt, this season it's our distressed sweatshirt that I'm already planning all my outfits around!
What kind of girl do you envision wearing your clothing?
JL: The kind of girl who wears Satine is the girl who knows how to wear fashion and interpret it in her own way. She would wear a Nina Ricci tulle ballerina skirt with a distressed sweatshirt and is the best-dressed girl in the room. She's never too serious or calculated, but her instincts and confidence make her look amazing no matter what she's wearing.
How does your design process for a collection start?
KSP: Jeannie and I sit down together and talk out ideas, bring inspiration photos and concepts and think about what we would want to wear for the season. With Jeannie as a store owner, she really knows what customers want and brings that to the table, whereas I bring the shopper's mentality to the collection; my first thought is always: would I want to buy it, would I wear it, or if not, can I picture someone I know wearing it?