Sophisticated with a dash of swagger—this local trendsetters proves that style is indeed a state of mind.
Fashion designer Batsheva Hay and her eponymous collection are a complicated mix of beautiful juxtapositions that challenges preconceived constraints. The Kew Gardens, Queens, native offers perhaps one of the most intellectual statement-making lines that provides a mashup of historical references, madcap New Yorker with ample doses of Laura Ashley, Cindy Sherman and Elaine Benes nods—all with a decidedly modern and feminist approach. The Stanford- and Georgetowneducated luminary is always reimagining. “I just released some knitwear with Ella Emhoff, released a perfume with Régime des Fleurs, and am reupholstering vintage furniture with my collected vintage fabrics,” she shares. We checked in on what is new and next for her.
How would you describe your sense of style?
I love clothing with volume, drama and an unexpected approach to color and pattern.
What is your fashion mantra?
Have some fun; it’s just clothing!
Favorite NYC store for clothes: Amarcord Vintage
For accessories: Belgian Shoes
For beauty and skincare: Zitomer Pharmacy
For the home: Schweitzer Linen
Designer I recently discovered and love: Prounis jewelry
Woman whose style I admire: Kelsey Lu
You will never see me without my: Favorite enamel and gem rings I made (available on batsheva.com)
Signature scent: Batsheva eau de parfum (available on batsheva.com)
My signature look is: A printed housedress with sneakers
I love a look that makes me feel: Powerful and eccentric
Best music or playlist for getting dressed: Bob Dylan
For me, fashion is always about: Feeling great and self-expression