This is something that I wanted to achieve with this collection. I wanted to present something that was going to become a cherished piece in your wardrobe. Not something that was only pulled out once a year, or every other year, but a beautiful timeless garment, or garments, that you could pull out of your closet with utter confidence for any special occasion.
When I decided to create a Holiday Collection I immediately knew I wanted it be small and very cohesive while also embodying diversity so as to provide a wide choice of options.
While gathering fabrics, colors, etc. that were helping me center my thoughts on the holidays, I came across one of my mother’s old style books. While it very much embodied the “nineties” (in both hair and female work suits) the core element of the book still rings true today: find your colors, find your style category and work it all to your advantage.
I remember first coming across this book was I was in middle school and falling in love with the little quiz in the first chapter of the book. The quiz was compiled of twenty or so questions about what you wear on an average day concerning colors, fabric patterns, shoes and purses to help you find the style bracket that you fit into.
There were four main style groups that they worked from: classic, modern, sporty and romantic. There are many styles that fall under these four main categories, but it was these four that they choose to use to help you find your foundation wardrobe pieces.
Seeing these four main categories together caused a sensational light bulb to go off and I thought why not do my own interpretation of these four main style groups? Why not design four different dresses inspired by these four styles that are timeless and simple? So I did.
The Antheia dress is my take on a modern-day red dress. It is an easy to wear dress that is tailored to fit somewhat snugly in the bust and then skim the waist and hips. It is versatile in that you may flip it around to either feature a v-neck or a high boat neckline. Side slits keep the dress comfortable. It is a dress that no modern day woman should be without.
The Rhea dress is my interpretation of a romantic style. I’ve always adored the women that can pull off flowy romantic dresses but I wanted to steer clear of frills and attributes that can make a grown woman seem “girly”. This silvery dress is practical/romantic and has a very ethereal vibe. It features a giant cowl that seems to sweep down the entire body and moves beautifully when in motion. Cuffed sleeves slim the arms and the curved hem flatters any leg. This dress is the epitome of comfort.
The Juno dress is my version of sporty wear. It’s collar does most of the talking for itself but I will say this: you will turn heads. This dress has an athletic sleeveless feel but loses no high fashion style in the process of being worn. It is slightly fitted in the bust and roomy everywhere else. It’s collar is interfaced to achieve whatever shape you are going for and navy keeps it timeless.
The Gaia dress is my classic of classics. It is a style that is always in and never out. The silhouette reminds of us of the always fashionable 50’s dresses but now it is made for utter comfort. The dolman sleeves and two-inch elastic waist in the back modernize a tried and true dress style that flatters every figure. The wide full skirt and boat neckline elongate and flatter any height. This is the new LBD.
All the dresses in this Holiday Collection are unlined to keep with seasonal wear. I wanted nothing between you and your new silk, but if needed a slip may be worn under any of the dresses. Be warned that when you layer silk, it can get very warm as silk can act like a thermal as well as a cooling agent.
Deciding to use silk for all four dresses was an easy decision to say the least. I love the diverse choices of silk that are available now and I believe we offer the very best variety!
The Antheia and Rhea dress are both made from a silk crepe de chine. Silk crepe de chine is best described as having a heavenly drape and feels as if butter is resting against your skin. It is a silk that is very durable and very luxurious.
Gaia and Juno are made from a double threaded silk called “dupioni”. It is the “cool cousin” to taffeta and is one of my favorite fabrics to work with. It is incredibly unique due to the nubbiness the double thread causes in the weaving and no six inches are the same! It has a much stiffer drape than the silk crepe de chine but is not heavy.
Both fabrics are totally unique. Due to the nature of the fabrics, this collection is dry clean only so as to keep the integrity of the fabrics.
I am so excited to be able to share this with you all!