Sunday, August 4, 2013

Lilith et Adalia - Spring/Summer 2014 - Theme: Petite Antoinette

How it Came to Be - Spring/Summer '14 - "Petite Antoinette"

Oh the 18th Century, an era of decadence, luxury, and elegant beauty. For years, we―the designers―have held this era of history as one of our biggest aesthetic inspirations. Political and social turmoil aside, though a marring aspect of the era, there still remains a twinkle of beauty through that of beautiful fashion and interior design. 

Rococo, in its every cloying detail, speaks volumes to us. Therefore, what better to begin with in our first collection? The answer was undoubtedly clear.

Now you may wonder, how would we translate these massive and sometimes garish ensembles of the 18th Century aristocracy into sweet and dainty dresses for little girls? Well, simply enough, we just take elements we like from the dresses we see and adapt them to a more childlike silhouette. 

Fabrics like Cotton Sateen, Taffeta, Velvet, Brocades. Details like Ruffles, Rosettes, Laces, Ribbons, Bows, Picot. Prints like Florals, Stripes, Damask...they all come together to evoke the 18th Century look. When used strategically, you can get a beautiful effect that still speaks to the aesthetics of the modern little girl.

There is the worry of garments being to costumey, but by simplifying the aesthetics, we will avoid it.

Color also plays an important role in this theme. Pastel greens, pinks, and blues are very key. Also neutrals, like ivory, cream, and grey. There's also more vibrant yellow and mint which will give life to the collection. To offset that, dusty pinks and purples that have a calming effect. 

The colors we chose come from the colors of the time itself, and also in part as colors that are almost always trending for the Spring and Summer seasons. These colors also often appeal to girls in general. 

When shopping for our fabrics, we will keep this palette in mind. We will need plain solids, textured solids, and prints that incorporate this color range. 

The basic breakdown of the collection is this. We want to cover every possible occasion for your little one to get dressed up, so we worked out three categories to guide us when designing this season. 

Formal and Special Occasion 

Our most formal dresses are to be quite exquisite. They will incorporate extra details, finer trims, and finer fabrics. They also have fuller skirts for the maximum "formal effect".

Semi-Formal dresses bridge the gap between a fancy affair and a more simple one. They are a little less poofy and embellishments are used a little more sparingly, but never fear, they will evoke the same sense of whimsy. 

Daywear dresses are for days out on the town, for your little girl to feel pretty on you're average day. Hems are slightly shorter, providing more ease of wear while she prances about her day.

All in all, there will be four dresses that fit these descriptions, all one-of-a-kind. You're little one will own the only one like it!

We're so excited to begin work on our garments, especially since this is our first! Months of planning and dreaming have finally lead up to this. We will be documenting our journey here on this blog as frequently as we possibly can. Stay tuned, progress, sneak peeks, and more will be coming soon!

Take care everyone and thanks for coming along for the ride.

- Lilith et Adalia
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