The only 8 pieces you need in your wardrobe according to Vogue's Fashion Director

As concerns over the environmental and social cost of fast fashion continues to grow the concept of a capsule wardrobe, containing a tight edit of a few versatile items, is gaining serious momentum.

This week Vogue’s fashion director Christine Centenera and her fashion designer partner Josh Goot launched the debut collection of their new label Wardrobe NYC, a range featuring just eight essential pieces that can be styled in a multitude of different ways. “What we’re trying to say is, this is less, and it’s really well done, and it will last you a really long time, and it will never go out of style,” Goot told The New York Times.


Photography Jackie Nickerson

With a focus on high quality materials and craftsmanship — the collection is designed in New York and manufactured in Italy — the women’s collection includes a blazer, an overcoat, black plants, a button-down shirt, a t-shirt, a black skirt and a black knit.  The colour palette is limited to black and white, a decision Goot describes as “democratic”.

To encourage the capsule mindset, customers can only purchase pieces as either a four pack which includes a t-shirt, blazer, skirt and shirt for US $1500, or the complete collection of eight pieces for US $3000. “These pieces are forever. What’s so great and different about working this way is that it’s not about the excess production, or the excess styles that everyone designs in conventional models. It’s also people’s time,” Goot says.

Photography Jackie Nickerson

The collection features timeless shapes and classic cuts, a very conscious decision to create clothes that could be worn by women of all ages and worn for years to come. "Being authoritative is our way of providing a solution for people," Centenera says. "I think that is a huge solution for people to get on with their lives and not having to be so challenged by what and how to put things together.”

There is also an eight piece menswear collection available for purchase in the same four or eight piece style. The four piece menswear bundle includes t-shirt, button-down shirt, trousers and a blazer while the complete eight-piece lot features four additional pieces including a hoodie, pants, overcoat and a knit.

Photography Jackie Nickerson

The concept of the capsule wardrobe first rose to popularity in the 1980s when Donna Karan released a seven-piece collection of workwear that could be mixed and matched together in different ways. Centenera says the couple were inspired to create the range after being constantly quizzed on where to buy the very best basic pieces like t-shirts, black pants and white shirts. “You’re always asked these questions,” she says. “And often I find it difficult to send them places that are reasonable — middle-ground but really well-made pieces.”

Check out the full collection here

Images Jackie Nickerson


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