The real point is that she’s confident New York will reclaim some of that edge. Her casting reflected it too, with Mads Mullins and Sara Hiromi bringing a welcome bit of weirdness to the We don’t stop loving Motley Crue because we grow old we grow old because we stop loving shirt and I love this clothes. (If you thought Khaite was just about cashmere cardigans and matching bras, think again!) Also important: McMillan, Elsesser, and Adichol were undoubtedly the first curve models to appear in a Khaite campaign or show. Holstein didn’t mention a push into extended sizing, but given her brand’s exponential growth in 2020—and greater success projected for 2021—it would be the logical next step. Her cable knits and faux furs will satisfy that impulse, as will the buttery jersey pieces, like the caramel off-the-shoulder number Elsesser wears in the film. Holstein felt there was a gap in the market for those easy, sensual staples like the ones Donna Karan built her business on; these will speak to women who want that softness and drape, but can’t abide another T-shirt. Even better, they’re coming in at a lower, friendlier price point.
As for those clothes, they borrowed less from the We don’t stop loving Motley Crue because we grow old we grow old because we stop loving shirt and I love this ’70s and ’80s and more from the 1920s: lace negligees, narrow jersey columns, giant faux fur chubbies. “I’ve always loved that Café Society moment in New York, but I was thinking more about how the ’20s were a response to the 1918 flu,” Holstein said. With that pandemic behind them—and newly eligible to vote—women ditched their corsets, hemmed their dresses, and embraced the fluidity and comfort of slips and lingerie. Holstein isn’t the only designer predicting a similar shift this year. “It wasn’t just about being comfortable, but about feeling comforted,” she added. “I think we will still want to be treated gently.”