If you thought you didn't need any more cozy knit pieces in your closet, you might want to take that statement back. Back in March, Kamala Harris' stepdaughter, Ella Emhoff and designer Batsheva Hay announced a knitwear collaboration on Good Morning Vogue, the glossy's digital fashion news show. The announcement signaled Emhoff’s first foray into producing knitwear with a well-known designer and now the duo’s collaboration is finally here! Well, sort of. Batsheva’s website is currently taking pre-orders for the three crochet pieces — a bag ($150), a circle top ($250), and a corset ($280) — with the orders expected to ship in June. You’ll just have to wait a tad longer to wear the pieces IRL.
“I think we had a lot more similarities [than we realized], and it made this [design] process so seamless,” said Hay in a statement. Emhoff added: “A lot of our personal design preferences are aligned. Having the bright colors I love mixed with her traditional silhouettes; it was kind of the perfect melding of styles.” As one would expect from the duo, the pieces are not only granny chic, but also wearable with your other warm-weather separates. You can layer the crochet top over a dress or simply style the bag with your summer denim.
For those who have been following Emhoff's journey in the fashion industry — she was signed by IMG Models back in Jan. and walked in New York Fashion Week for Proenza Schouler just a month later — this creative design partnership will not come as a total surprise. For one, Emhoff has experience in creating knitwear — she previously accepted commissions from friends and fans. In fact, on Feb. 18, her launch of five exclusive knitwear pieces that included two sweater vests, a pair of shorts, a midi dress, and a crossover bag featuring Tweety bird sold out almost immediately. The pieces, which appeared on the shopping platform Mall, were priced between $160 and $320.
In addition, for those who recall, Emhoff and Hay have previously collaborated together, too, for President Biden's Inauguration Day. Emhoff and Hay had joined forces to create the custom burgundy puff-sleeve moiré dress Emhoff wore underneath her viral Miu Miu coat.
The label Batsheva is known for its frilly dresses with high collars, voluminous sleeves, and unique prints, which have long caught Emhoff's eye since its founding in 2016. "It's so weird because I've followed her for a really long time, and then I was thinking about what to wear for the inauguration. I got to meet her on Zoom, and I was like, okay," Emhoff said on Good Morning Vogue. "So many of her designs are so cohesive to my personal wants and needs." The feelings were mutual, according to Hay. "Obviously, we got connected through me dressing you, but then, that also opened my eyes to just kind of fangirl-ing on your stuff and seeing what you're doing," Hay said in the same Vogue interview. "You know, even though my stuff is more traditional femininity, I think that you're also doing something playful and playing with femininity too, in colors and shapes and all of that kind of stuff."
Place your order in right now for your favorite piece (or pieces) from the Batsheva x Ella Emhoff collection before they officially sell out.
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