My Spring collection pushes at edges of last season’s lineup, inspired by the film What Dreams May Come and its impressionistic, abstract depiction of otherworldly gardens. Dreaming of these new worlds and places in my head where I go to escape made me think about fashion and why I wanted to become a designer. It’s been an amazing way to empower women, but it’s also been what's saved me during hard times — I always knew I could design my way out of them.
Perennially the anchor of my collections, floral prints took on a new dimension for Spring 2022. Influenced by the saturated hues of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the enchanting habitat of the koi pond at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, I wanted to capture the depth and diversity of life that exists beyond surface blooms. A Bug’s Life is a print developed on this premise, depicting vibrant flowers enriched with ladybugs and caterpillars crawling through them. The koi pond motif is expressed through an intense jacquard woven into a dress, a top and skirt. What appears to be a houndstooth print at first glance is actually bumblebees set against a honeycomb pattern.
Silhouettes and materials are consistent with our core offering. Shapes following the simple, evergreen lines of easy tunic dresses, shirt dresses, shifts, and silhouettes that are fitted at the top with a short, full skirt. Smocking, jacquards, handknits and ponte jersey adhere to the idea of elevated comfort that is a through-line for the collection. I feel strongly that one of the most effective ways to approach sustainability is to create pieces that will last in a woman’s wardrobe, those favorite items that aren’t trend-based yet she reaches for time and again.
Our sustainable practices continue to evolve. The creative utilization of fabric scraps has been a brand tenet for several seasons. This time, we covered crystals in excess fabric and used them for large-scale embroideries. Hair-ties were made of pieces that otherwise would be left on the cutting room floor and several of our signature smocked pieces are crafted from patchworks of remnants