At the Centre For Fashion Enterprise pop-up showroom we caught up with American born designer Natascha Stolle. This season Stolle continued her exploration of adolescence, which is a signature theme in her work, by positioning body-con silhouettes on top of over-sized jersey dresses. She also once again mastered the art of making jersey look office-appropriate, with a series of extra-large turtlenecks that appeared at once comforting and fashion-forward. Check out our snapshots from the showroom along with a few runway examples in the gallery below.
American-borne designer, Natascha Stolle, made her debut at London Fashion Week this season and you would have never guessed it--Stolle's clothing is chic, young, and salable in every way. When we saw the collection on the runway we were struck by the mix of luxe fabrics and easy basics and, when we spoke with Stolle in the Centre For Fashion Enterprise pop-up showroom, she explained to us that one of her goals was to take young, easy pieces and make them slightly more luxe and special. We saw the wrapped chain necklaces and knotted grey jersey pieces as a testament to this effort and it was hard to believe this was the designer's first go at fashion week. Stolle's aesthetic goals in this collection also play into a larger interest in "the dilemma the teenage girl faces in developing her own personal style...when she must navigate between how she wants to dress, and how she ought to" and we think this a relevant course of study indeed. To see our video of Stolle's collection at London Fashion Week, click here. To see our snapshots from the showroom, click below.
With a bachelors degree in English Lit from the University of Virginia and a penchant for tailored jersey, Natascha Stolle has us at hello. Seeing American-born designers show during another city's fashion week also hits a soft spot for us. So, at the Fashion East show, Stolle showed the kind of pinned up separates (hooray, more high waists!) and supersoft-tailoreds (made up word!) we hoped to see. Think couch appropriate glamour. Oh, and bonus points for that one-sided hair styling.
London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2009.