Midday temperatures are already creeping up into the ?80s--and it?s not even summer yet. Luckily, we?ve got the inside line on a clothing designer?s debut collection that turns sticky-hot weather into an opportunity to look breezy cool.
Angeleno Natalie Martin?s eponymous brand is inspired by her sojourns in Bali, beginning with a family trip when she was 18. ?I loved the people, temples, rice paddies, beaches and incredible sunsets,? she says, as well as the beautiful hand-printed silk sarongs worn in the intense heat. Martin uses silk and cotton she sources there for the caftans, tops, trousers and dresses that she produces in shapes so loose and flattering that Harper?s Bazaar recommends her garments as vacation wear.
Many pieces have delicate embroidery; others come in charming prints. We?re especially taken with the April Dress ($275), a long-sleeved, graduated-hem confection in red or blue print. It?s the rare frock that will look as perfect with flats at the farmers? market as it will worn with heels out to dinner.
Martin?s clothes can be bought locally at Lost & Found and Calypso St. Barth, as well as online. We?re tossing them on for jaunts around town--all the while secretly hoping for a Balinese getaway to wear them on, too.
Lost & Found, 6320 Yucca St.; 323-856-5872 or nataliemartincollection.com