Last season the style mavens introduced us to rock n’ roll acid tones for every occasion in fuchsia, acid yellows, greens, and electric blue. The opportunity to jump on this luminous bandwagon now lies in the fun and funky spring collection from Dahlia Drive. Known and sourced for her popular “Skelly” dresses, Wendy, the designer behind Dahlia Drive, has introduced a flamboyant palette of colours and flower motifs for a new twist on her fabulous creations.
Unlike most designers who start with a fabric and use it as inspiration to create a garment, Wendy takes an existing dress or slip that has been pre-loved and allows it to inspire her. These pieces become the canvas for her creations; each one taking on its own individual personality and flare with no two pieces ever being the same. Not only are they original, but due to the pre-loved nature of the slips and the use of natural dyes like indigo, they are hip and eco friendly without looking “Green”.
For this season the collection will incorporate more designs that have been printed with disperse dyes, a technique which lends itself to a layering of images and textures; defiantly different to the screen printing method that was so popular in previous collections. Hand painted designs, like roses and lotuses, are painted or printed on to the garment enhancing it with bright images that do not change the feel or look of the soft fabric. The design may not end there; screen prints of images or words of wisdom may be added, like lyrics to your life.
These easy spring frocks are designed to compliment your life; wear them poolside, to your next rock concert or for everyday affairs. They pack light, are machine washable and inject a major fuse of colour that is sure to get you noticed.