We are in the habit of reading our horoscope before every show. It is a silly ritual we do, but it has been bang on every time!
Do you have a favourite song?
Currently we are contemplating if we can get away with putting Barry White down the runway. Is that just too retro?
What is your go-to treat food for bad days or special occasions?
When we are together and having a bad day we whip up the Edmonds chocolate pudding, it has been our go to for years.
Harriet: Hot Pink
Ella: Nude Pink
So you two design for your label Love Hotel, what inspired the name of your label?
The name began when we were fantasising about our first editorial shoot. We wanted to evoke romantic imagery of a huge white tent with poker dotted fabric walls, oversized spot cushions and stylish women lounging in their feminine and relaxed dresses and lingerie. We called this set “The Love Hotel”. We would create these kind of bohemian sets as inspirations so then it just caught on. The name offers itself to so many exciting styling and photo shoot opportunities!
How did you both come to start a fashion design label together?
It has been in the works since Harriet introduced Ella to Sass and Bide when she was 13. We have both loved sewing and designing from a very young age, and since we launched Love Hotel in Wellington Fashion Week’s first Young Designer Section in 2012 we have not stopped.
What three words would you use to describe the style of Love Hotel?
Romantic, timeless, feminine.
Mariana and I saw your super cute French inspired show last year at Wellington Fashion Week, how are the preparations going for this years show at WFW?
Good, the stress is still yet to set in. We have finished the key pieces in the collection, at the moment we are working on the real show pieces, the accessories, the bodysuits and the fur trim on the shoes! This is absolutely the best part of the process for us.
Do you enjoy the fashion week process? Or is it a bit mad and stressful?
We love it! We wish we could just do more fashion shows. The mad and stressful part is the only way we will get anything done. It gives us the push we need. And there is nothing like the thrill when your music starts backstage and the models are grooving in your clothes. We just love to put on a show!
Can you tell us a bit about what to expect from your up coming collections?
We are moving into a more luxury feel with our RTW leisure wear. We are bringing in a range of slips, bralettes and French knickers to wear with our sheer slip dresses, kimonos and trousers. They are subtly sexy. You can lounge around the house in the teddy and kimono and then spruce it up for a night out
This season collection had been inspired by 1920’s backstage photography. It blurs the boundaries between underwear and outerwear through nostalgic references, bias cut paneling, delicate silk screen printing and a relaxed fit. New pieces are in retro tones of blush, powder, dijon gold and lilac blue. This collection exudesromance, luxury and femininity in delicate silk chiffons; these pieces are made to be treasured.
What fashion crime would you never ever commit?
There is no such thing. Exciting fashion references such “crimes” and puts a new spin on them, and that’s what makes new trends. Fashion is a constant reference to the past and presenting it in new and funky context.... Maybe polyester panties though...
Other than designing clothes for a living, how else do you nurture your creative side?
Dressing up, home music videos, life drawing, baking and decorating elaborate cakes, dancing, ballet, making home furniture and succulent gardening.