02/20/12 - 0 Comments
Dual Show Sits Down With Alexa Galler of Eighteenth
Dual Show: From a design perspective, I noticed that your collection uses asymmetrical lines. Do you plan on continuing that look through spring/summer 2013?
Alexa Galler: Yes, I think it is more exciting. When I come across clothing that is basic, it becomes a “seen that, been there, done that.” I like to add that extra, simple line because it makes a big impact in the end, and it is a good design detail.
DS: When it comes to fabrics, I noticed you only used one print in this collection. Do you plan on incorporating fabrics with more prints in future lines?
AG: I was surprised I even added the one print in the line; it is my father’s signature. I thought it would be too much. I like minimal and clean fabrics, so I will probably keep it simple until I get bored.
DS: Since it is your father’s signature, does your family have a lot of impact on your design outlook that inspires your collection?
AG: Well, this line was inspired by my father’s uniform of polo shirts and khaki pants. Yes, this line was very much influenced by my family.
DS: The silhouette you focused on this season is less tailored to the body. Do you plan to focus on a more feminine silhouette in future lines?
AG: Currently, I am not feeling that right now, but you never know.
DS: For some pieces in the collection, you mixed fabrics; for example, the blazer. Do you feel that it adds more definition to a look when you have two contrasting fabrics?
AG: I think it is exciting and adds a twist to the piece that you wouldn’t expect.
Alexa’s father joins the interview, and the next question is directed towards him.
DS: Alexa was just telling me her line was inspired by your uniform. How do you feel about her success?
AG’s Father: She is an inspiration to me. I have so much joy from Alexa and all of my children. This is one of those moments.
DS: You started out with a line of T-shirts that received recognition in multiple magazines. How did you decide to develop a full women’s line?
AG: I was happy with just making T-shirts for the rest of my life, but why should I stop there? I was told to design a women’s collection, which was first shown at Gen Art. I then made a second collection that won the Ecco Domani award, so I made another collection after that. I didn’t plan on this, but I feel very lucky because everything fell into place.
DS: What is your favorite part of the design process?
AG: I love the inspiration and initial design process when it comes to actually making a piece that can be more complex and difficult. It is a rollercoaster, which is fun.
DS: Who are some of the designers you gain inspiration from?
AG: Lately, I have really taken a liking to Celine and Marni; those two always stick out in my mind. I also really like Acne, you can see similar elements in my collection.
For more on Alexa Galler, please visit her website Here
Interviewed by Lauren Kronzer
Photos Misha Vladimirskiy