30 Seconds with Designer Alice Palmer

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This sweater coat is from one of my favourite collections, ’s AW 2010 Batman Collection.  I’ve worked with Alice for over 7 years and I’m quite excited about her AW 2013 collection Lady Vengeance – there are so many pieces that I love.

Alice Palmer

What was the inspiration behind your AW13 collection?

AP – I was influenced by the film ‘Lady Vengeance’, directed by Park Chan-Wook; mainly for the revenge-seeking character Lee Geum-ja. She represented a mix of good and evil and I wanted to convey this through the use of soft and harsh fabrics, light and dark tones, see-through slashes and bold, graphic pattern.

Where are your garments made? Where do you source your wools?

AP – Small orders are made in-house and to fulfill larger orders I use factories, all within the UK. For this collection I used silk and wool, all  from America, Italy and Britain; I tend to use Scottish companies for sourcing wool for the impeccable quality.

This is the first season that you’ve used leather – did that change the way you work?

AP – I love the challenge of using a different fabric and it was the first time I have introduced leather into my collections. I worked the same way I would with knit, draping the leather on the mannequin and working diagonally around the body, with the aim of creating flattering shapes.

 

Lookbook images by photographer Christopher Dadey

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