Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"Curiouser and curiouser!"

As I research through trend reports on fashion, colors, fabrics, retail, trims and a million other things I have found many things that inspire me. For this season it is definitely Alice in Wonderland. My most absolute favorite story of all time.

I LOVED to watch this cartoon growing up. All the details just fascinated me! The impeccably dressed rabbit. The mad hatter with his top hat and blazer. The deep and vibrant colors. The idea of things not being what they seem. Curiosity. Celebration of anything ("very merry un-birthday to me!") I love that.

This is my idea of childhood. A wonderful childhood!

Multi colored tweeds. Vintage inspired styles. Feminine dresses with large unexpected details. One of my favorite moments while creating this line is while fitting a couple of the dresses the fit model clapped her hands and said, "Oooooh! Pretty!" She ran her hands along the fabric and then she put her hands out to her sides and began to twirl. When she tried on a few of the coats she said, "SOFT!" as we put it on her. She was referring to the flannel lining. These moments make me smile.

If you have any pictures you'd like to send along to add to my growing wall of inspiration, please don't hesitate!!!

Fun Fact for the day: Would you like to know what the "10/6" on the card on the Mad Hatter's hat meant? Lewis Carrol said, "The Hatter used to carry about hats to sell: and even the one that he's got on his head is meant to be sold. You see it's got its price marked on it - a "10" and a "6" - that means "ten shillings and sixpence."


  1. Isn't it funny how those memories grab hold of you and maybe guide you to something in life, like a career? I have a similar experience with Cinderella. The moments in the movie when the bluebirds help to make her gown for the ball have stuck with me since I was five years old :)

  2. I love that you are following your dream! I love how EVERYTHING in your life has come together for this next chapter and what a HOT chapter it is going to be. I love it and I can't wait to see the line...clap, clap, clap!