About Amber Sakai
A flash of sheer lace beckons coyly from the hipbone of a draped cocktail dress. Garters tease the hem of a plain white tee. A flourish of black ruffles erupts from the back of a layering tank. This flirtation between sultry details and easy silhouettes embodies Amber Sakai's line, one that's as unexpected as it is classic.
The designer's layerable basics owe as much to the body-conscious creations of Azzedine Alaia as they do to the confident women in Reginald Marsh's paintings, who are completely unconscious of their magnetic effect on passers-by.
Since the first collection debuted in Spring 2009, the core of the brand has been Sakai's signature bodysuit: a seasonal staple that stays put while staying smooth underneath even the skinniest of jeans. The rest of her pieces also succeed in bringing a bit of the bedroom to Sunday brunch style, such as gypsy frocks trimmed in French lace or slouchy trousers that could have been pulled from a boyfriend's closet.
And though her collections are effortless to wear, the creation of each one is anything but. Sakai opts to bring each item to life the traditional way, draping garments on a dressmaker's dummy until they fit in the most alluring way possible.
The end result: pieces so intuitively comfortable and nonchalantly sexy, you can't help but want to wear them all day, from a sunrise flea market to a gritty Hank Williams III gig after hours. What's more seductive than that?