Olivia Palermo on What Makes an Article of Clothing Look Expensive

Every so often the fashion collaboration stars align and you get a collection so good, so perfect, that you wonder what your closets were like before it arrived. Such is the case with Olivia Palermo’s latest project with in-house Nordstrom label Chelsea28.

On February 8, the entrepreneur, model, style icon, and designer will release a 32-piece collection that ranges from a bold pajama set in a poppy floral print to a tailored denim jumpsuit you won’t want to take off. The best part? It’s a yearlong deal, so there’s more to come from our Celebrity Street Style Star of the Year.

Today we caught up with Palermo in New York to preview the stylish assortment (prices range from $68 to $448). Scroll down to see what she had to say about the collection—including what makes a clothing piece look expensive!

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"[The collection is for] a younger age group, so I think it was really important that I started by building a foundation. And because we are doing this for spring, fall, and holiday, I thought it was important to build throughout the collections. I call them lifewear pieces."

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"That was really what I wanted for this collection: keeping it youthful."

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"Most of the pieces are relatively structured, but there's still a little bit of movement in it. I think it gives it that feminine touch."

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"We're still in winter when the collection hits stores, and the temperature is kind of in between, so I really wanted the girls to be able to wear pieces now because that's how the girl shops—she wants something immediately—so really trying to have this well edited and think about that."

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"When I was growing up, [I studied] in Paris, and I think there was a bit of European influence that just always stuck with me. So I don't think I necessarily realized when we started to work on the collection, but there is a bit of a French feel to it."

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"For the pajama set, we took a vintage print and played with the colors and blew it up a bit. [We also did a] paisley. I was thinking very '70s feel, kind of old-school Pucci."

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"We really focused on elevating the denim."

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"Proportions are extremely important. For girls on the go who are not always in heels (to be realistic, you change), I wanted things that you can wear with flats and then slip a pair of heels on, so that was the idea between picking out a lot of midi pieces."

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"The fabric [is what makes a piece of clothing look expensive]. … The one thing I'm a super stickler for is quality. If it's not great quality, then I'm not interested."

Tell us what you think of the collection in the comments below, and if you need to do a little OP-inspired shopping before February 8, try this pretty eye palette she did with Ciaté London.