Now when I made the patterns for the first collection, I think I may have fluked some of the process. The next collection I learnt more about how to and how not to make patterns. I learnt more about standard tiling processes, about colour shift and how important it is to ask questions when you need to grow and learn something you didn’t know before.
Our second collection took a lot of refinement and tweaking when it came to getting the process right, but it wasn’t until we were shooting the promotional shoot that we realised fully what the inspirations were. The colours that we had used, the tones and the shades were almost like they had been sampled from the rich palette of Italy. It was on a train between Rome and Venice that we named the collection; La Dolce Vita.
Now yes, you ready that right, we travelled all the way to Italy to shoot the photos for the collection.
You may ask “really? Did you really need to travel halfway across the world to shoot photos you could recreate at home?” BUT I ask you this, if you could work travel into your work life, to have adventures that take you out of the norm, would you not do it in a heartbeat? Yeah, that’s what I thought. And have you heard about the two little words “tax deductible”?
It sounds funny, but the feeling of all of the photos, they have a life of their own. You feel like you are there wandering the cobblestone alleyways and feeling the culture by just looking at the images. Shooting them was incredible. We were up so early every morning, we are not morning ladies! 5am and we were both raring to go with excitement. The way that the morning light danced with the monuments and the dresses made it a magical experience.