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The New Yorker Profiles Kelly Wearstler

The “presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design,” Kelly Wearstler, is featured in a six-page profile in the Sept. 14 issue of The New Yorker.

I've always considered Wearstler (pronounced "Worst-ler") an enigma — wife of a hotel mogul, author, Top Design judge, crimped-hair enthusiast, Southern belle, ex-Playboy model — but her design skill is irrefutable. So, it was interesting to read about how the girl who grew up in a cluttered Myrtle Beach home decorated in a "blowsy Provincial style" became the face of ornate, layered, over-the-top Hollywood Regency style.

"You don’t hire her for her subtlety, you hire her for what her critics call ‘muchness'," said a client. Her style, as it turns out, is governed more by instinct than intellect: "I don't have time to think things through a lot. I just do how it feels," she says. I was also intrigued to hear that she thinks of herself as having "a very European sensibility" that's "well travelled, collected." Pick up a copy to read the full text or read an abstract online.

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mslewis mslewis 7 years
I think her "style" should be called Chaotic!! Also, if she designs by instinct ("how it feels") that means it won't be her client's style, doesn't it?? Anyway, I'm not that into her designs but she cracks me up on Top Design with her crazy outfits and hairstyles!! She is unique, for sure.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
I am loving that chair!
kimretta kimretta 7 years
I love Wearstler's crazy outfits on Top Design — even though I admit I don't know much about her as a designer. I'm curious to read this profile!
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