One of the great things about fashion design is that you start getting inspired and design within the season you are designing for. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. It has always been a nostalgic time, signifying the start of a new school year, the excitement of the upcoming holiday season or even just a much needed change in weather. One of the questions that I always get is, “What inspires your designs?” There are so many answers to this question, but there is always one inspiration that can get me going…fabric! Sometimes I feel like a hoarder with the amount of fabric I collect. It’s addictive. Sometimes it is just one print that can inspire the entire collection. It is an exciting experience watching the collection naturally form on its own. Here’s a glimpse of what I use to get the creative juices flowing.
I’m so excited to introduce you to a new Tala Bee! We’re launching a new logo, new website and new designs in time for Resort 2012 and Spring/Summer 2013. This has been a fun and expedient process, since we basically started in May.
You may be wondering, why bother with a re-brand. I’ve had some major life changes lately – I got married last October, and I’m expecting baby number two any day now! With all that, I felt an urge to bring Tala Bee a fresh, new, and modern perspective. With the creative juices flowing (or pregnancy hormones), I felt Tala Bee needed to mature and expand, so we got the ball rolling!
This was definitely a team effort, especially given the short time frame. We relied on the major talents of many other people and I think the results have been extraordinary. Josh Chen from Chen Design Associates was in charge of the logo and brand identity. The fabulous women of Style Army, Lauri Levenfeld, Heidi Yarger, and Mary Gonsalves Kinney led the way with the photography, website design, and styling.
As for the new collections, be prepared to see some new colors and silhouettes for Resort 2012. We went a little brighter and more colorful, providing a welcome escape from the winter months. The Spring/Summer 2013 collection does not alienate the core Tala Bee customer. We have the same smart, modern designs with the unexpected details that make it special.