It’s official! Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley are launching their eponymous luxury fashion brand called Hillier Bartley after the news of the Marc by Marc Jacobs brand folding into the main line was confirmed, where they were the talented creative and design directors respectively. The Hillier Bartley brand even already has a debut collection for the upcoming fall/winter 2015-2016 season and we can’t wait to see the results of this new exciting design collaboration. Both the talented Brits are fresh minds when it comes to fashion design and they have already managed to gather a loyal fans’ crowd, people looking for unconventional, youthful and statement-making designs with loads of personality. According to the rumors, the Hillier Bartley brand will feature ready-to-wear, as well as chic bags and accessories to spice up the looks.
“Luella and I have always worked together in different ways, now we are finally putting all our experience into making something that’s a reflection of us, of what we want to wear,” Hillier said Tuesday morning, talking about their new venture. “I’m really proud of what we’ve made – the craftsmanship, attention to detail and design. It’s been a real labour of love and I am really looking forward to seeing women we admire carrying our bags and wearing our clothes.”
The London-based fashion designers either knew about the fate of the Marc by Marc Jacobs line or already had plans to launch their own brand, since they are super quick to come up with their brand’s first collection for the fall 2015 season, which was shown to select buyers in Paris last month. According to the reviews, it’s all about a traditional English style merged with masculine elegance, featuring loads of velvet, silk, shearling, wool and merino both for the dresses and the separates. With the clothing pieces made in the UK and the bags in Italy, the price tag of their designs will apparently be high enough to target the fans of luxury fashion designer pieces and you can expect to get your hands on the first Hillier Bartley designs already this August.
“Hillier Bartley is a very personal project which Katie and I have been working on for years,” explained Bartley. “It is a culmination of everything I have learnt as a designer and a woman and is purely and defiantly about the clothes and fabrics. We have also looked at the women we admire, what we would want to wear and the inspirations that have been close to us for ages. It’s ultimate heroine lies somewhere between Ian McCulloch and Katherine Hepburn. It’s about a woman our age, indie by heart, rakish and irreverent by nature, who is maturing into refinement and naturalness.”
While Katie Hillier is well known as a talented accessories designer and creative consultant owning the Hillier London jewelry and accessories line and having worked with Victoria Beckham and then Marc Jacobs since July of 2013, Luella Bartley is a famous English designer, fashion journalist and magazine editor famous for her distinctive English style often influenced by the British music scene and punk rock cultures. They have worked together on Bartley’s Luella line, which was unfortunately closed in 2009 because of certain financial problems. One thing is for sure: they both have been utterly successful in the fashion industry and we are more than sure to be dazzled by their eponymous brand’s designs as the first pics become available for our scrutiny.
Photo courtesy of Vogue UK