and stylist Vanessa Traina. What’s Kling’s secret? “I believe that the key is to align yourself with a few designers and build a wardrobe around their vision. It takes time, but it gives you an identity.”
Now, as androgynous tailoring takes center stage both on and off the catwalk for pre-fall, we can all sample Kling’s chic, Scandi-cool aesthetic, as she launches her own line, Totême. “I found that I was missing some essential pieces for summer and vacation, and suddenly the seed was planted,” the fledgling designer explains.
The debut collection, comprising of pique polo shirts, cashmere sweaters, easy tanks and silky wide-leg pants, isn’t a carbon copy of Kling’s personal closet – there are no blazers, yet – but her tomboyish aesthetic imbues all 20 pieces. Dresses have deep pockets; shirts are designed to be worn buttoned up; flat shoes are styled with everything.
“Totême has a modern, refined sense of luxury that inspires the wearer to slow down and enjoy life,” says Kling, who now
“I’m very OVER the ‘boyfriend’ shirt, the ‘BOYFRIEND’ sweater, the ‘boyfriend’ DENIM”
lives in New York. “The tailored silhouette feels interesting and modern, but more importantly, it feels smart. Women today treasure intelligence and independence more than ever, and that should be reflected in their wardrobe.”
Despite designing the collection with her husband, Interview art director and fellow Swede Karl Lindman, Kling doesn’t intend to start borrowing tailoring, or anything else, from his wardrobe. “I’m very over the ‘boyfriend’ shirt, the ‘boyfriend’ sweater, the ‘boyfriend’ denim,” she says. “These are silhouettes that women love to wear – why name them after someone else?”
THE KEY PIECES
Clockwise from right: The Biarritz dress; the Montauk shirt; the Toulon pants; the Rhones sweater
Kling’s smart style (left) has made her a regular on fashion blogs
Hilary Rhoda showcases some of the new collection’s must-have pieces
Photographs: Vanessa Jackman; Rex Features