REMEMBER the name Katayone Adeli, because she could soon be
making an impact on your wardrobe. The 33-year-old Iran-born,
California-raised designer opened her first store only in September, yet
already she is being dubbed the American Stella McCartney - and, along
with Gucci and Chloe (the label Stella designs), had been asked to dress
Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore - the stars of the movie
The elusive Adeli rarely gives interviews and refuses to hold fashion
shows or advertise her clothes. "I'm not thinking about trying to make an
amazing fashion show," she says. "I want to make people look amazing."
Adeli describes her customers as "savvy, sexy, confident women who know how to mix and match, accessorize and
make their look believable. They don't do what they're told - they might wear sneakers and jeans with a Fendi
baguette - but they have flair without trying too hard."
Girls who "know" include Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Shirley Manson of Garbage, the model-turned-gym owner
Michelle Hicks, fashion editors, art gallery owners and "downtown girls and savvy uptowners".
Just about anyone who is interested in looking fabulously in-tune without shouting their allegiance to a label will
find something in the Katayone Adeli lines. There are three ranges: mainline, diffusion and resort. Mainline, which
evolves gradually rather than changing every season, features the special pieces: light, flirty chiffon dresses, slim
whip-stitched leather and suede jackets, trousers, skirts, coats and sexy chiffon blousons and halters that combine
the sensibilities of Studio 54 and early Yves Saint Laurent with a dash of timeless modernity that is Adeli's own.
The diffusion line is all about basics and includes the "great" pieces that are a constant of Adeli's collections. The
slim-line, drop-waist jeans, cords and the already-famous black pants, all of which are narrowed at the knee to
elongate the line of the leg, are among the most popular. There are also cashmere T-shirts, work suits and slim
At Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, currently Adeli's only UK stockiest (there will be more in the spring), the resort
collection has just arrived. In it, there are bright stretch knits, white fitted cargo pants, sexy swimwear and just about
everything a girl who "knows" will want to wear on the beach in St Barts this Christmas. Prices vary from about #100
for a leather coat or #200 for a pair of trousers to #500 for a dress.
Katayone Adeli, 35 Bond St, Soho, New York 212 260 3500; Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London SW1, 0171-235 5000
source: The Iranian.com
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