You’re a Brooklyn based designer, what drew you to Bk initially?
Initially it was the space, but I have really come to love the pace and atmosphere of Brooklyn. It has a kind of small town in the big city feel to it. I also love the diversity of neighborhoods.
Where are your favorite Brooklyn spots to hang out?
I love McCarren Park during the summer for having picnics or playing scrabble with friends; Marlowe & Sons in Williamsburg and Bocca Lupo in Cobble Hill are two of my favorite spots for dinner; and for drinks, Hotel Delmano in Williamsburg and Brooklyn Social in Carroll Gardens, they both have really cozy atmospheres and great cocktails.
Tell us a little about the inspiration behind the fall collection?
The Miranda Bennet line has always had a focus on the urban woman, providing her with clothing that is both elegant and comfortable and can take her from a day at work to an evening out in the city. Each piece in the collection is feminine and chic, yet understated enough to allow the wearer to remain the focal point.
For Fall, I started the collection with the concept of a finely packed suitcase, imagining what this woman would bring with her on a trip to Paris or London. I created looks that were versatile and interchangable, imbued with a subtle luxury that could easily transition from day to evening. I chose really rich fabrics and textures, right down to the lining of the pockets, so each piece feels really incredible on.
What do you see as the key Fall looks?
Fall is always about layering, but this season I think we have seen the return of the natural waist and more fitted, tidier shapes combined with some of the blousier looks from past seasons. I love the high waist because it can be so flattering and makes such a strong statement.
What advice do you have to offer aspiring designers?
Spend as much time as you can fine tuning your identity as a designer, because your point of view is your most valuble asset. That said, you shouldn’t be afraid to be playful and experiment until you find what your point of view is. The fashion industry in New York is unique in how diverse it is. There is such a variety of niches in the market here, it is truly a place where each person can find their own way to thrive.