Protagonist is the new (more affordable) Celine
Ah, the lithe French ingénue, in her minimalist cigarette pants and crisp white shirt.
The stuff of Céline dreams.
Until you realize those pants are $3,000 and that shirt, $1,000.
Maybe instead try Protagonist, a slightly more affordable option made here in New York.
Designer Kate Wendelborn is a former patternmaker, so she knows a thing or two about precision tailoring. And we love her love of flattering basics. (Just look at this midi skirt.)
Mark our words: She’s fashion’s next big thing.
The line has been around for a couple of seasons--already selling at Barneys and Soho’s loftlike boutique The Apartment--but it recently made a major statement with its Fashion Week debut. (Namely, with this coat.)
Now, by this point you’ve realized the stuff isn’t exactly a steal. (An interesting LBD will run you about $700.) But considering the hand-stitching and the thousands you’d otherwise shell out for the European version, we’re chalking it up to a smart investment.