There is no easy answer to the question “What’s your inspiration?” It’s everywhere, everyday, every waking (and sleeping) moment. It’s coming at me from all directions.
I try to stay open to it all, let it filter through and settle in. I picture the woman who loves Habitat and then ask myself, “Would she wear this?”, “How will she wear it?”, “How will it flow into her lifestyle?” You continue to be my most important inspiration.
This Fall, like most, has so many new textures, colors, yarns, buttons, and shapes. It’s difficult to narrow down, edit, edit again and then finally see the best rise to the top. It always does though. It’s just getting there that’s the challenge.
My favorite thing about Fall Fabrics is texture. Texture forgives our figures, enhances deeper Fall color palettes and adds nuance and interest to the basic tried and true shapes we love.
I focus on skin complexions more than any color authority. While mustard and cinnamon are all the rage this Fall, a little goes a long way and my practical side always wins out. I love saturated brights because they enhance most complexions. A good dose of black, natural and heather gray round out our color palette for the season.
Yum!!! is all I can say. Nubby, lofty, bouncy yarns make for gorgeous light weight sweaters. You get the look of a hand-knit without all that bulk. I’m not a fan of wool so I always look for yarns with tons of texture and NO WOOL. We’re also getting so many requests for cotton sweaters so we’ve taken this basic yarn and jazzed it up with novelty styling and of course, super cute buttons.
My obsession with buttons continues. I love vintage buttons and prints and have quite a collection from my trips to the Brimfield flea market. There’s nothing like a great button, chosen specifically with fabric and style in mind. To me, it makes a style my own.
Tops are getting short, bottoms are getting wide. I’m not quite there yet. So I imagine you might not be either. One trend that works well for lots of bodies is sleeve detail. Sleeve pleats, ties, buttons, ruching, you name it, it’s a fun little detail and it freshens up a basic. I’m also warming up to a slightly feminine (not too sweet) shape. A little sheering at the back, some swing at the sleeve opening or hemline; a little movement. It’s pretty. Then there’s the 90’s big huge boxy stuff on the runways. I can’t wait for that to feel right again. I just bought a tremendous sweatshirt in NYC. It swallows me up completely. Maybe next year I’ll add something like it to the line. Not ready yet.
I design my collection for real women leading real lives. We all want to look relevant and current, but in our own way, reflecting our own sense of self and style. While I’m guilty of pouring over the latest fashion magazines, I’m often thinking, “Who wears that?”. I aim to enhance your style, not dictate it.