The Eastern influence in her clothes is everywhere, Natori admits, from her penchant for wide sleeves — wonderfully forgiving — to her near-ubiquitous use of luxurious silk-satin. What she’s reaching for, she says, is the inherent "sensibility for feeling comfortable" that she sees in Asian design. Most of all, Natori asserts, her clothes invite women to play with proportion, a tactic that she feels is perfect for over-40 frames. How-to: Balance a cropped top over a longer bottom, or vice versa. "We do a lot of tunics for that reason," she says. "Short or long, belted or not, they flatter everyone."
Natorious silk cowlneck top ($295), crepe skirt ($395), and wide silk belt ($495); all available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 866-478-7586