Jasmin Larian Hekmat is not interested in designing the perfect LBD or the perfect pair of trousers. Instead, she makes clothes that make people think, “I’m going to wear this to a wedding and everyone is going to ask what it is,” she says. Hekmat uses feathers, plissé, and fringe with abandon. For fall, the designer was thinking about how “ice can make colors feel more iridescent,” which was reflected on a number of frosted green and pink pleated items; but mostly on the look book set, which mimics a glacier.
Of the apparel, the mint strapless dress with a mermaid-like bodice is the standout of the collection; though a hot pink fringe midi-dress will surely appeal to the brand’s devoted fans. Above all, a Cult Gaia collection is about the accessories, which aim to be unlike anything else on the market; take the crescent-shaped bag with a collection of gold beaded strands for a handle, or the emerald green evening bag with a straight bar handle and three tassels. Being unique and novel is a priority for Hekmat—always. “If you’re not going to want to put it in a box and display it, then what’s the point?”