Catherine Holstein’s ready-to-wear collections for Khaite are inherently minimalist. But when embellishment does feature, it’s typically sparkly. (Take the sequin minis for spring/summer 2022, or the crystal-encrusted, floor-sweeping sheer dress that closed the show.)
Now that same sparkle can be found in Holstein’s first foray into jewellery, a collaboration with jeweller Orit Elhanati, comprising two belts, two brooches (one with four bezel-set square black spinels and 14 gypsy-set round emeralds, the other with four bezel-set square black spinels and 29 gypsy-set round emeralds), a barrette (with four bezel-set square black spinels), and a pair of earrings. “The world of jewellery has become so refined that I find myself drawn to the ornate side,” says Cate, as she is also known.
“I am inspired by Cate’s clean lines and the strong feminine expression in her designs,” Orit tells British Vogue. “Cate does not really wear jewellery so we had to find the right object, and the right way of merging our worlds.” Their working relationship is clearly one built on mutual respect. “Elhanati pieces have a lush, joyful quality that is enhanced by visible traces of their making,” says Cate. “It’s the precious made humble – human and tactile, and all the more special.”