Taking everyone’s breath away, New York designer Jill Stuart presented her FW16 collection in a cool catwalk at Industria Superstudio in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. With electric reds, purples, silvers and golds, Stuart’s newest collection brought a magnetic energy over the crowd, focusing all eyes on her shimmering designs and flowing silhouettes. With a front-row view, A-listers such as Jena Malone, Willow Shields, Caroline Polachek, Zoe Kazan, Julia Goldani-Telles, Katherine McNamara, Bridget McGarry, Arden Wohl, Cory Kennedy, Alix Brown and Sophie Curtis were present and in head-to-toe Jill Stuart.
Backstage before the show, we asked the design a few insider questions about the collection and here is what happened:
HL: How does your design process work, from start to finish?
JS: Well I’m leaving the day after the show to go to Paris, I go to Premiere Vision, the big fabric show and start selecting my fabrics and that’s how it all begins.
HL: What is your favorite part of designing?
JS: All of it, I love all of it, from beginning to the end. I love working with the fabrics, developing m own fabrics, working on designing the silhouettes, and I love when it all comes to life. When the collection all comes together and the show ends, that is my favorite part.
HL: Do you have any fabrics or trends that you gravitate towards collection after collection?
JS: I always tend to use a lot of embroidered fabrics and print, floral prints, I love them.
HL: How do you feel about trends in the fashion world?
JS: I kind of like to do my own thing, I try to stay true to my girl.
HL: Who would you say i the Jill Stuart girl?
JS: A girl that has her own personal style, that likes to mix it all up and has her own sensibility. She’s feminine but also a cool girl with a modern vibe.
HL: What are you most excited to share with your fans with this new collection?
JS: I call these girls my “Night Blossoms”, they have like an underground elegance, a lush style and a tough opulence and that’s what I want to share today.
HL: We know you have a huge Asian market and you travel back an forth, but how do feel about your New York audience?
JS: I love my New York audience, I’m a native New Yorker and so my New York audience is extremely important to me.