The excitement was real when imagery of Refine’s first collection – inspired by the enduring appeal of the slip dress – started surfacing on Instagram a couple of weeks back. The new London label, which launched on May 16th, is the creation of Swiss-born stylist Anina Heé – a former editor at Net-a-porter’s Porter Magazine with a flair for simple and sophisticated fashion. Taking style notes from ‘90s icons like Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy (her wedding look in particular), Heé’s zoomed in on pared-back and perfected classics with an air of modern femininity. Just the way everybody likes it.
Refine is built around four essential styles – including a bias cut slip dress with barely-there spaghetti straps and an oh-so-flattering high-waisted, calf-grazing skirt – coming in black and white, as well as a limited seasonal addition of a chocolaty brown, a pale blue and a ditsy floral print. All are made from a lustrous 100% silk satin fabric that looks heavy enough to fall nicely around the body (instead of clinging to it as some silk qualities do) and actually flatter the female form; as is the brand’s intention.
Producing the collection in Italy, Refine aims to support local European communities and keep the carbon footprint and waste low throughout production; and this is where their luxe handmade silk scrunchies and padded headbands come into the picture (which by the way are far more affordable than Sophie Buhai’s darling pieces). It’s an ideal way of making use of leftover silk from the production of course, and undoubtedly the chicest way of accessorizing for this summer and beyond.
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