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FOR FALL 2024, LAFAYETTE 148 EXPLORES THE FUSION OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND NATURE IN “THE COLLECTOR’S HOUSE,” A COLLECTION WHICH DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM LESSER-KNOWN MODERNIST NYC LANDMARK—THE ROCKEFELLER GUEST HOUSE, THE WOMAN FOR WHOM IT WAS DESIGNED—LEGENDARY ART COLLECTOR BLANCHETTE ROCKEFELLER, AND THE COLLECTOR’S LIFESTYLE THAT UNFOLDED BEHIND THE GUEST HOUSE’S DISCREET GLASS-AND-BRICK FAÇADE.
Statuesque proportions, nature-infused prints, artful eveningwear and an abundance of rich textural materiality subtly evoke the life, times and furnishings of this unique mid-century private residence, as well as the natural elements embedded within.
The collection palette pairs Modernism’s chic monochrome simplicity with the technicolor yellow tones of NYC’s ’50s-era taxis. A celebration of mid-century modern furniture materiality prevails throughout, seen in natural wood grain-informed prints, color and a tactile fil coupé fabric. Elsewhere, an artful and understated take on occasionwear reflects the home’s inception as a space for entertaining, gridded jacquards subtly pay homage to the architect’s process, and chunky-textured fringed knits and spotted motifs nod to the Guest House’s tree, foliage and pond—all focal points of its central courtyard. Ultimately, in the same way that the Rockefeller Guest House’s architectural purpose was to display Modernism in its purest form, the Fall 2024 collection luxuriates in the purity of the garments’ cut, silhouette, and materiality to build the wardrobe of women art collectors past, present and future. Singular, understated, forever modern.
“I’ve walked by the Rockefeller Guest House countless times, but it wasn’t until recently that I discovered it was commissioned by Blanchette Rockefeller as a space to showcase her modern art and furniture collection and entertain friends from the art world. From boldly formed, ‘50s-inflected silhouettes recalling her MoMA tenure to richly textured fabrics evoking the house’s wooden furnishings and private courtyard, Fall 2024 is an homage to Blanchette Rockefeller—the woman, her legacy and the collector’s lifestyle that unfolded behind the Guest House’s glass-and-brick façade.”
—Emily Smith, Creative Director