A few seasons ago, we called Conley Averett New York’s most successful one-man show. However, this season he’s no longer just one man and instead has an intimate team of close friends and employees including Julian Paik who are helping him get through the ups and downs of being an independent designer in New York City. This was evident in his energy at an appointment: He was calm, cool, and collected due to his satisfaction with his fall 2024 collection. “I’ve gotten out of this frantic mode,” said Averett. “If I was going to give one piece of advice to anyone starting, it’s that you cannot do it all yourself.”
This collection was also one of the first that Averett expressed confidence in. He’s now got the hang of balancing his creativity and commerciality, which showed in stellar pieces like a combination coat boasting a knit panel detail on the sides for the illusion of shape. Despite the simplicity of this addition, you can be assured that Averett’s knits are top-notch thanks to his day job at Khaite. A cardigan had the illusion of a fringed trim collar reminiscent of Penny Lane’s iconic coat in Almost Famous: Averett is hoping it will become a staple piece moving forward.
The designer also revisited the bubble skirt he teased two seasons ago, which he has now perfected so that it even keeps its shape on the hanger, ideal for department store shoppers who don’t want to constantly reference Vogue Runway to see how it looks on a model. “At the end of the season, every designer is tired of their work,” said Averett. “But time has passed since I finished this collection, and I’m still pleased, you know?”