Our designers consider the clothing they design to be wearable works of art - and with good reason! They imbue every piece with an unmatched attention to detail, from cloth-covered buttons to delicate pin tuck details and elegant trim, and of course our signature embroidery, which each season is designed from scratch by our in-house team. Take all of that care put in to our designs, and it's no surprise that we end up with a beautiful, utterly unique line every season. Each Johnny Was piece feels like it's got a story to tell, much like your favorite vintage find - or, your favorite work of art!

 

We've highlighted some of our favorite clothing from the latest collections and matched them up - in color, pattern, or mood - with various works of art to create mini mood boards. Check them out below!

 

 

White Pastels Mood Board by Johnny Was Clothing

SHOP THIS LOOK: Biya Goldie Silk Maxi Dress

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ARTWORK L-R: Georgia O'Keefe, Grey Blue & Black - Pink Circle, 1929 / Watercolor by François-Henri Galland / Richard Diebenkorn, Woman on Stool, 1965 / Painted Face, Artist Unkown / Kevin Appel, Salton Sea (Shore), 2012

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With a faux-wrap design and knee-high slit, this silk maxi dress is as elegant as it is sexy. Luxe white silk in a patchwork of patterns in taupe grey and wine tones look playful yet pared-down… a sophisticated and feminine summer look.

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Bohemian Red Mood Board by Johnny Was Clothing

SHOP THIS LOOK: Johnny Was Silk Ruffle Poncho

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ARTWORK L-R: Bedroom in Yves Saint Laurent & Piere Berge's "Villa Oasis" Moroccan home / Coral Watercolor, Artist Unkown / Bohemian child, Photographer Unknown

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Our Silk Ruffle Poncho, with its intricate decorative print and loose flowing fit, embodies a quintessential opulent bohemian spirit - we can picture Talitha Getty lounging around her Moroccan mansion in it. Wear it with gold sandals, white pants, and piles of jewelry to channel your inner bohemian goddess this summer!

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Black Blue Red Tribal Mood Board by Johnny Was Clothing

SHOP THIS LOOK: JWLA JoJo Asymmetrical Linen Tank Tunic in Black

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ARTWORK (L-R): Rosie Napurrurla Tasman, Ngurli - Bush Seed Love Story / Butterflies in stomach x-ray, Artist Unkown / Textile Design by Sonia Delaunay / Joe McHugh & East Totem West Poster Design (partially shown)

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While the embroidery on this linen tank tunic is distinctly tribal, the geometric design and stark black/blue/red/white color way give it an edgy feel. We're picturing it with a bad-ass pair of boots and a black leather motorcycle jacket for a summer night out on the town.

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Blue White and Chartreuse Mood Board by Johnny Was Clothing

SHOP THIS LOOK: Johnny Was Silk Mini Checker Top

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ARTWORK (L-R): James Wiens, Dogwood Blossoms II / Winter Rain Watercolor, Artist Unkown / Swimmers Painting, Artist Unkown

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Sumptuous silk with a unique yet understated print in watercolor blue hues make the Mini Checker Top a versatile summer favorite. Dress it down with cutoffs and flip flops, or dress it up with white pants and wedges - anything goes! We love this top's modern yet feminine vibe.

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Blue and Taupe Mood Board by Johnny Was

SHOP THIS LOOK: 4 Love & Liberty Verlee Print Tunic

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ARTWORK (L-R): Claude Monet, Sailing Boats at Honfleur, 1866 / Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Sylvette David, 1954

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Delicate silk chiffon in light ombre tones meet a bold geometric pattern - the Verlee Print Tunic embodies a juxtaposition between ethereal and spirited. A piece fit for a beach-dwelling nymph, we'll be wearing it over our bikinis all day and with a slip and sandals all night this summer.

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Black and White Floral Mood Board by Johnny Was Clothing

SHOP THIS LOOK: 3J Workshop Vintage Patchwork Dress

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ARTWORK (L-R): Hiromi, Flower Print / Humberto Rivas, Flor, 1987 / New York Skyline Watercolor, Artist Unknown / Russell Leng, New Nature Systems 7

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With a patchwork of greyscale floral prints on breezy cotton, this dress has a distinctly vintage-inspired charm. Black contrast panels in the slits and on the back give the piece a modern twist. For just-fancier-than-casual summertime events, this dress will be your go-to!

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Tropical Pastel Mood Board by Johnny Was Clothing

SHOP THIS LOOK: Tropical Tiered Skirt

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ARTWORK (L-R): Palm Trees, Photographer Unknown / Pastel Flower Field, Photographer Unknown / Parasol Photo by Lucia and Mapp / Fredrik Åkum, Plants, 2012 (partially shown)

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Summer daydreams of sweet escapes, pina coladas on warm tropical nights, a carefree type of beauty - meet our Tropical Tiered Maxi. With a patchwork of floral prints in candy-colored hues, this piece is the must-have for a romantic gypsy summer.

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