City and country. Cosmopolitan and rustic. Industry and nature. These contrasting concepts inspire Renee Piatt—not only in her personal style but in her expression of self. By day, she might be seen in a tribal cardigan, leggings, and distressed boots. By night, she dons a ball gown that could land her on any best-dressed list. “I have a bit of a split personality when it comes to fashion, and I embrace the full spectrum. I used to resist my inconsistencies, but now I recognize them as my unique style,” she explains. Regardless of the occasion, “I select pieces that best express my individuality and creativity, those that make me feel most at ease in my own skin. Staying true to myself and feeling polished boosts my confidence.”
The always elegantly attired mother of two and former stylist has recently added jewelry designer to her list of achievements. The Renee Piatt Collection draws inspiration from her fascination with natural elements—stones and beads such as geodes, agate, druzy, shell, quartz, crystal, and semi-precious stones. These are adornments that not only look like they've been sourced from the earth, ocean, or sky but also feel luxurious and elegant. They are unique components one might discover while exploring the world, seeking new adventures and experiences.
Once again, we encounter this dichotomy. It’s a dynamic interplay between earth and sky, a blend that elevates Piatt’s stylish world to greater heights.
What inspires your jewelry design?
“I find that I am most inspired when I have a very clear head. Music, art, nature, travel, anything that pulls me back to center helps open my mind for ideas on design. Sometimes, just sitting in silence, closing my eyes, and quieting everything works, too. Recently, over the past few months, I have had a tidal wave of inspiration, synchronicity, clarity, peace, balance, and for lack of a better word, magic, come out of nowhere, and I got back into art. I started working with flowers, sewing, got back into photography, traveled a lot, created more simplicity with my children, and it all has lead up to this drive to create. I haven’t felt more confidently ‘me’ in a very long time.”
What inspires your fashion sense?
“Art and music completely inspire my fashion sense. I love intricate patterns that make a woman stand out, fine fabrics that wrap you in comfort, and unique pieces that showcase individuality. I love boho looks, maxi dresses for casual summers, rustic warm knits for fall, darks for winter, and smart, polished, suited looks for spring. Whatever is on the docket for the day, I want to feel confidently artistic, elegant, and uniquely me.”
“Missoni, Emilio Pucci, Free People, Elie Saab, Marchesa, Isabel Marant, Jenny Packham, Fendi, Dior, and I have really been impressed with the work of Christian Siriano lately. His cuts, fabric, execution, and the detail, pattern, movement, and lines he creates are absolute works of art. Gorgeous work.”
“Great accessories. Beautiful scarves and high-end handbags that allow form and function, and jewelry that invokes my love of nature, music, art, and travel can make any outfit ‘me.’ By incorporating focal points, especially with statements pieces, you can create just about any look, dress pieces up or down, and be uniquely you with great jewelry alone.”
Writing credit: Nicole Barley for Whirl Magazine