Hollywood stylist Cristina Ehrlich, who works with Laura Dern, Natasha Lyonne, Mandy Moore and Uzo Aduba, amongst others, and trend veteran Cheyann Benedict are teaming up on a unisex “red-carpet T-shirt” assortment known as Performs Nicely With Others, that includes shoulder-pad muscle Ts, “wife-hugger” tanks, oversize crops and different high-fashion silhouettes designed to pair with designer appears.
New York-based Ehrlich had been trying to find T-shirts polished sufficient for her shoppers to put on at occasions and award exhibits, and talked about it to Benedict when the 2 reconnected at a cocktail party final yr. She picked the right individual to bug about it; Benedict cofounded the colourful California C&C T-shirt line within the early Aughts, which bought to Liz Claiborne in 2005, however felt the laid-back vibe had dumbed down the type an excessive amount of.
“You walk around nowadays and everyone is wearing T-shirts, but it’s gotten really sloppy. That casual California look has taken over,” stated Benedict, who relies in Los Angeles the place she used to have her personal namesake life-style model. “There are so many reasons I’m loving partnering with Cristina — her eye is sophisticated, timeless and always chic.”
Ehrlich joins the rising ranks of superstar stylists coming into the style enterprise with their very own labels or collaborations, together with Karla Welch with xKarla, Ilaria Urbinati with Sturdy Swimsuit by Ilaria Urbinati and Jason Rembert with Aliette.
“The conversations we were having were about making the T-shirt you could wear with a ball skirt, and the one you’d wear with high-waisted jeans. It shouldn’t just be that simple Hanes shirt, there are nuances we can do that still make it wearable, but have a degree of elevated fashion sense,” stated Ehrlich, including, “There are different times when stylists are looking for different essentials to complete a look. We’ve gone through moments with blouses and work shirts, but T-shirts are making a big comeback worn under a suit or dress. It looks clean.”
The spring 2020 assortment is bought out of the CD Community showroom in New York and Rainbow Wave in London. It options 14 kinds in three material weights and 17 colours (evocative hues resembling “togo party white,” “rainy days gray,” “abalone pink” and “Siberian tiger orange”). Costs are $110 to $155. There are basic boyfriend Ts, slim physique crews, oversize “T-shirt versions of sweatshirts” and extra, all designed to be gender nonspecific.
“The name, Plays Well With Others, fits the conversation we have been having about collaboration and equality,” stated Ehrlich, including that the duo plans to create charitable partnerships.
All materials are knit in mills in L.A. that use sustainable practices, added Benedict, stressing the care that goes into material and match: “These aren’t shirts that will get a hole in them; they will last for decades.”