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« In my mind, (outerwear) has two primary but contradictory purposes; it's a fundamental function of protection against the elements, and a sartorial function to elevate and polish a look. »

If a color palette is mostly tone on tone, the textures are really important whether it’s a special kind of fabric combination or weave, a dimensional jacquard, or a print. Texture can be 2D or 3D, and I think it’s most effective as a mix of the two. Along with my love for outerwear, I love winter coatings. You’ll also always find leather, chiffon, maybe some lace or velvet...I’ve begun working with fur as well which inspires me more and more as I see the possibilities. At the moment, not many brands in the industry focus solely on outerwear. What do you hope for in the future of outerwear in fashion? There are endless possibilities with outerwear - and it demands so much attention as an object of design. In my mind it has two primary but contradictory purposes: it's fundamental function of protection against the elements, and a sartorial function to elevate and polish a look. Making those two work together is the challenge of the outerwear sector. This will mean the development of new, smarter, luxury textiles, an increased understanding of effective layering, and for women to make choices taking back control of the way they dress no matter the weather. Further down the line, I like the idea that fashion designers and engineers might work closely, on new textiles and new construction methods, so that the aesthetic and functional design concerns become intrinsic across all fashion sectors. Layering and mixing textures are a very prominent aspect to your collections. What drew you to explore these themes? Layering is such an important part of our active lifestyles. During transitional seasons, especially. When done right, it’s amazing how much less you notice the weather - because you’re comfortable. With the removable liners, the varied weights in coating fabrics, and the Crux, you have the necessary elements from the functional perspective. From the aesthetic perspective, I get to tap into the fantastical side of things, especially with the Crux. When there is no formula, there are no rules. It’s like each one has a mind of it’s own. Putting those pieces together, I’m always thinking in 360 degrees about composition and silhouette. The design process is about problem solving. With outerwear, the solution lies in shape, proportions and texture.

A sneak peek at the details for Starkweather's upcoming SS2014 collection

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Eclectic Issue Zero FW13  

Eclectic is a bi-annual magazine that centers around the themes of the site (www.eclectic-society.com) fashion, beauty and culture – with an...

Eclectic Issue Zero FW13  

Eclectic is a bi-annual magazine that centers around the themes of the site (www.eclectic-society.com) fashion, beauty and culture – with an...

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