One of the benefits of working with smaller, independent designers is their openness and excitement to creatively collaborate on unique and individual pieces that cannot be found anywhere else. Whether it’s coming up with a whole new shape and style or tweaking an existing design with a different cut, color, or material; I am very grateful for the opportunities to work closely with brands and designers I love to create pieces that are perfect for ANOMIE. Our new SS16 collection with Hackwith Design House just arrived in the shop last week, and I was so excited I may or may not have immediately pulled one for myself and catwalked around my apartment for an embarrassingly long amount of time while shouting, “YES YES YES.” Clothes have that effect on me.
When it was time to plan out our garments with Lisa and Erin, I was in a full on love affair with denim and built the collection around faded black and cream cotton denims from their vast assortment of fabric swatches. I also wanted to integrate the theme of wraps and ties across each piece for cohesion (you can tell I pay attention to the judges on Project Runway!), so each garment either comes with a matching wrap or has to be knotted to be worn. “Wait, knotted to be worn?!” you think aloud to your disinterested cat …more on that later.
Pieces that could be worn alone and layered for monochromatic looks was vital, so making another run of our classic kimono style with them was a must. The Zia and Zia II Kimonos are now the 4th and 5th iterations of this garment they’ve produced for us (we’ve previously collaborated on the Jade, Amethystos, and Beatrice versions). The kimonos also feature a matching strap for tying around the waist; but because I dislike the look of little unused belt hooks on garments when I choose not to wear matching ties, I opted to keep the kimono clean and clear of hooks.
Inspired by Jenna, one of our #shopgirlsofANOMIE, and her love of wearing jumpsuits to work, I had to get a jumpsuit in the shop. And a matching jumpsuit situation was a no brainer. Using the same structured cotton denim as the Zia and Zia II Kimonos, I did the slightest modification on a sketch Lisa had drawn and the Ware and Ware II jumpsuits were born! I asked for an extra long strap so that you could opt to go around twice or have a long tail hanging from your waist, which can also be discarded for the day for an oversized look.
I was also on a bit of a wrap skirt kick, which I fully blame on that one spray tan I got for my Kylie Jenner Halloween costume and how much fun I had peaking my orange gams out. Watch out Angelina Jolie, this girl loves thigh slits and outdated references! I chose to use the same faded black denim and a new slightly iridescent charcoal tencel to create the same shape with dramatically different results. The Isadora II Wrap Skirt‘s cotton denim makes for a heavy, structured garment while the tencel of the Isadora Wrap Skirt falls lightly and flows with ease. To keep in line with my theme of ties and wraps — which I assure you was not inspired by 50 Shades of Gray (I’m killing it with these super topical references) — each skirt comes with a matching tie that can be worn just under the elastic waist band for a very subtle paper bag affect. It’s essentially a faux wrap skirt in the sense that your tie does nothing to secure the wrap, so double knotting can be a choice of aesthetics and not necessity.
Lastly, the Gracie Tie Dress is a thing of magic. I can take no credit for this dress beyond seeing it seven months ago in its early stages on Lisa’s instagram when she was playing around with new designs for the spring. I immediately took a screen shot and emailed Erin and begged to get this design in our Spring collaboration. Wow, I’m such a designer. 😉
To keep the connection running between the gown and the rest of the collection, and because this tie and draping effect would not work well with structured denim, we made the Gracie in the same charcoal tencel as the Isadora Wrap Skirt. When left untied — which is a look I ain’t mad about — the tied panels drape on either side of the dress. When tied, it’s perfection.
HACKWITH DESIGN HOUSE x ANOMIE: SS16
Psst.. be on the lookout for another jumpsuit this summer… you heard it here first. #blogreaderperkz