One of my favorite sources of fashion inspiration (and education!) is the Capitol blog. Carrying lines from Azzedine Alaia to YSL, Balenciaga to Zac Posen, Capitol, a boutique here in Charlotte, is the preeminent source of high fashion in the South (sorry, Jeffrey devotees, but it's true). The talented ladies at Capitol have their fingers on the pulse of what is happening in the fashion world. Their blog provides an interesting insight into the world of operating such a unique business, from spotting trends at Fashion Weeks around the world, to finding inspiration in Southern small towns, to opening boxes of designer shoes and clothes for the store with excitement and anticipation. The Capitol blog has introduced me to some designers and lines with which I wasn't previously familiar, including Matta, a fabulous line of billowy scarves designed by New Yorker Christina Gitti.
I first learned about Matta scarves when Ruth, a buyer for Capitol, wrote a fascinating blog post about her most recent whirlwind buying trip to New York. As part of her busy day in NYC, Ruth popped down to the Matta headquarters in Soho, where she picked out an array of colorful scarves for Capitol. Her Matta visit caught my eye, as I am always on the hunt for a colorful, lightweight scarf.
Aren't the colors beautiful? My favorite thing about the Matta Dupatta is the pom-pom trim that is continuous around all four sides of the scarf.
The Dupatta, made of cotton and silk, is so versatile and chic- use it as a daytime scarf, a sarong at the beach or pool, a blanket when traveling, or over your shoulders at an evening wedding.
The Matta folks head to India every few months in search of inspiration by the colors, textures, spices, and sounds of the country.
A Matta scarf is just perfect for those upcoming divinely cool days of fall, when you need a little something around your neck or shoulders, but it's not quite time for a heavy winter coat. My favorite color is Poppy.
Cloud is beautiful as well.
The first part of Capitol's fall shipment just arrived, and they were kind enough to share some pictures with us! Aren't the colors and patterns positively swoonworthy?!
These won't be around for long, so stop by Capitol if you are in the area! If you aren't in Charlotte, you can call them at 704-366-0388.
And if you love Matta scarves, you're in good company with some stylish gals in Hollywood.
Eva Longoria Parker
And lastly, Meryl Streep's unforgettable ivory Matta Dupatta in It's Complicated