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Designer Spotlight: Nave

I've been intrigued by the Nave label ever since I laid eyes on this $345 Wool Felt Trapeze Dress in Royal Purple at Anthropologie. Turns out that the brand not only has a stockpile of other cute styles but also a very interesting back story.

Under the leadership of consulting creative director Richard Chai, Nave is actually a collective made up of different collaborating designers each season—such as LA's Industry Rag or Milan's Rohka—who come together to contribute different pieces to the collection. At the label's SoHo boutique, you'll find clothes by Chai, as well as designs from relative unknowns Borne, Nickel, Barking Irons, and 3 J Workshop. The youthful, feminine clothes are cool and cutting-edge, with a very urban and slightly throwback feel. I love the mix of wool and silk in the ensembles, as well as the mix of earth tones and rich jewel shades, like this season's very hot color, purple. Here's a look at some of the highlights from the collection, all of which can be ordered directly from Nave's New York store by calling
(212) 274-1255.

Windowpane Wool Jacket, $530, and Stretch Wool Suiting in Charcoal, $220.

To see the rest,

Washed Cotton Silk Jacquard Dress in Mauve, $455.

Textured Wool Skirt in Ivory, $280, and Flower Printed Brushed Cotton Jacket in Plum, $745.

Wool Shorts in Midnight, $235; Leather Coat in Dark Brown, $640; and Merange Rib Sweater in Olive, $235.

Wool Twill Coat in Midnight, $480, and Compacted Wool Skirt in Steel, $205.

Flower-Printed Velvet Dress in Pink, $380.

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Nan-Einhart Nan-Einhart 10 years
Hit or miss. Love the first dress and the pink velvet one. Anthropologie has some of the most beautiful dresses.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
I really love the first dress.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I love the colors!!
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
i think they need a new model! ~*~Life was Simpler back then~*~
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I LOVE the first dress. I like the others but Im not a big fan of the purple coat or the last dress
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Yeah, its pretty pricey. Sigh. And those tent sales Anthropologie has are often not worth the wait.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
I love everything except the last dress. I think I might be able to rock these looks (if only I could afford it).
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
The first dress is very pretty
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Yeah some of the coats are cool. I just would look like a fool. Haha, I have the urge to call them concept coats, like they name certain new, innovative cars concept cars. I mean, anyone in Hollywood or a certain social circle could rock it. I just have to stick with classics. I cant be buying new coats every winter.
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 10 years
I agree, crispet. I like the Anthropologie best, but I think I'd look like a fool in this style. It'd look great on the right girl though!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Nice stuff, but Im not feelin it. The trapeze dress is the best thing.
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