Behind the making of a collection

Behind the Scenes

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I’ve always been inspired by my travels and architectural marvels. The starting point for my latest collection was the magical Peacock Room at the Moorish-style Sammezzano castle, located outside of Florence. Although it’s been abandoned for decades, the room’s ceilings and walls still mesmerize with vibrant fans of rainbow colors and intricate geometric patterns.

At the same time, possibly as a response to everything going on around us in the world, I wanted to create a calm and relaxed collection inspired by my honeymoon in Bora Bora. I was immediately struck by the light there, the aquamarine ocean, and the tropical colors that rubbed shoulders with the earthier textures of wood, stone and mud found in the local architecture. I began sketching the moment I arrived, and gradually a collection started to emerge in my mind fusing both references.

Back at the studio, I explored construction and draping through a pallet of soft textured and plain organza that flowed in delicate hues of peppermint, ivory, biscuit, and periwinkle blue…with the occasional shot of black and burgundy in fine wool for contrast. For day, the focus is on easy shapes (slouchy tops, airy dresses that allow for movement, and wide-legged palazzo pants for comfort), while for evening I combined origami pleats with soft draping.

This collection also marked a new direction for me, as it’s our first Trans-Seasonal offering. I’ve been thinking about the way modern women dress and listening to my customers to better meet their needs. As a result, we are designing clothes that transcend seasons, and focusing on creating unique pieces to update your wardrobe.