Elkin's Fall 2012 RTW Collection

L.A.-based fashion designers Kara and Brit Smith may be sisters, but their contrasting personalities clash brilliantly to create pieces that are equal parts good girl and badass. The dichotomy began during childhood—Brit studied in the library while Kara hung out in detention. When they grew up, the sisters ended up working for accomplished designers—Kara for Geren Ford and Brit for Jennifer Meyer. In 2011, they launched Elkin, their art-based women's ready-to-wear line that bases each collection off of a different literary genre. It’s no surprise that artsy indie sophisticates love Elkin. Girls’ actors Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams, along with Sophia Bush and the ladies of dream pop band Dum Dum Girls have been known to rock Elkin’s sweet ethereal dresses.

The duo’s Fall 2012 line melds sci-fi futurism (think Bladerunner) with subtle, sweet details (think Lolita). Textures and color palettes add to the juxtaposition with combinations of leather, silk, brocade, metallics, and neutrals in army green, rust, and black. The result is fresh, urban, and kinda rebellious. 

Pieces like the sleeveless Noon babydoll dress with its flared skirt and dainty collar are toughened up by military green silk that looks very “Mad Max on a dune buggy in the desert”; whereas the bold black leather bodice of the moto Espar jacket is softened by textured metallic tweed sleeves and an off-center zipper.

The ladies of Elkin not only create art, they make sure that it is shared around the world. For each garment sold, Elkin donates one book to H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everywhere)—a non-profit that brings art to places in need, promoting education and peace around the world.

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