Bicoastal Designer Rosetta Getty on Dressing with Ease and the Artists Who Inspire Her Collection
Uncomplicated yet fascinating, wearable and aspirational, comfortable but so chic: Rosetta Getty may craft the wardrobe for our times. Amid the incoherent noise and incessant news updates, structured minimalism has never been more appealing. With her Resort ’18 collection, Getty has created an entire wardrobe with clean lines and sharp tailoring that seeks to impose order while also being fluid, flattering and colorful. These are clothes to seed peace of mind and even joy. Yes, it’s possible.
Inspired by the modern minimalist works of starchitect Richard Meier and borrowing her palette from the abstract expressionist Helen Frankenthaler, Getty’s angular tunics and dresses burst with originality in sunny hues and brazen primaries.
We spoke with Getty about her (many) artistic inspirations and what she usually wears around her stunning home in L.A. and out to functions on both coasts—now we’re looking to streamline our own closets with her cashmere sets and cutout dresses.
You’re often inspired by artists for your collections. Who were you thinking about for Resort ’18?
With the Resort 2018 collection, the inspiration started with architect Richard Meier [architect of the Getty Center] and painter Helen Frankenthaler. The bright watercolor georgette in the collection was inspired by Frankenthaler’s ‘soak-stain’ watercolor technique.
A Richard Meier house
What are some of your favorite museums and are there particular pieces there that you always visit?
One of my favorite museums is the Norton Simon in Pasadena. There is a beautiful Paul Klee painting I always visit first. Another is the Central Garden by Robert Irwin at the Getty Center.
The Central Garden by Robert Irwin
What exhibit or artist have you recently discovered that we should know about?
“Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985” at the Hammer Museum.
What is a signature Rosetta Getty look?
A signature Rosetta Getty look is a shirtdress, trouser and flat shoe. I would say my designs are unified by line and palette.
You split your time between New York and L.A. How does living in L.A. impact your designs? How does working in New York influence you?
When in L.A., I’m constantly meeting with artists, visiting exhibitions for inspiration; while in New York, I lock myself away in the studio and focus on designing the clothes.
This is your third clothing line (following Rosetta Millington and Riser Goodwyn). Tell us about how your ambition and vision have evolved.
I think over the years I continue to refine my vision as my ambition expands. Rosetta Getty Collection was launched to fill a void in the market for a luxury product that could not only easily transition from day to evening but also transition between functions for both travel and daily activities. As a mother of four, it is imperative that my wardrobe not only be comfortable and wearable but also work across my daily functions (school events, lunches, cocktail events). You will find that our clothes make dressing effortless and fill the wardrobe gaps that I and so many women around me are finding in our closets.
What do you usually wear as a busy mom, wife and designer when you’re lounging around the house? When you hurriedly dress to go to work? When you go out at night?
When I am at home, I love the comfort and ease of our Rosetta Getty cashmere pant and cardigan set, paired back to a tennis shoe. For evening, I switch to our wide-leg interlock jersey trousers with either a flat or wedge heel and an evening blouse.
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