We wanted to introduce you to our new label FPX, “Free People, With Love”, a collection that is feminine with a twist, so intricate and pretty it will send you into a girly haze. It’s as if you went up into your attic and found the most beautiful lace and embroideries and made them into your dream clothes.
We caught up with the designer behind the label, to fully understand the aesthetic behind the collection.
What is FPX?
From Free People, With Love. A new capsule of clothes from Free People for the girly girl.
How did it come about?
I’ve been designing for free people for going on 5 years, and it’s something I love doing…this capsule is particularly special to me because it gets to be sweet, but sometimes sexy, sometimes tomboy.
The inspiration behind the line?
Anything old and vintage, anything sweet and flirty. Making old things new again. It’s a little bit grunge sometimes, a little bit country, a touch of bohemian. Sometimes dramatic but something you can wear with a jean jacket and your favorite boots.
Where do you travel to for inspiration?
Funny but it seems like the best inspiration is right here in the US. I do a lot of online shopping, but mostly vintage with a touch of new…there are great vintage shops in Portland and Seattle, but you can find gems at a local goodwill if you look hard enough. Street style anywhere is always a huge influence. I have friends and family in Kansas and I love to shop when I’m there, because there are some truly beautiful treasures hidden in antique stores. I see new silhouettes wherever I go, but the fun part for me is interpreting vintage and feminine touches into wearable and modern silhouettes.
Books and movies will always inspire FPX, from the romance of Jane Austen to the art of Tim Burton, shows like MadMen, Downton Abbey, My So-Called Life, Movies by Baz Luhrmann. My mom is also an inspiration – she taught me how to sew, and has amazing taste – I’ve inherited some really great things from her, her suede fringe cropped western jacket, velvet 90’s dresses, her high-school class ring. She also used to sew a lot of my clothes when I was little.
And the story behind the fabrics?
Most of the fabrics Jessica and I use give a feminine shape to the clothing, light fluid fabrics for sensual silhouettes, or crinkle cotton and textures for the bohemian side. Mostly fabrics that can be ruffled and draped, and mixed with lace.