When the news hit that Marc by Marc Jacobs would be discontinued, we were all a little heartbroken. But you know what they say — when one door closes in fashion, a much, much more exciting one opens. The former Marc by Marc Jacobs designers Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley are starting their own clothing line. The label will be named Hillier Bartley (sometimes simple is best, right?) and, according to Elle, will kick off with a fall 2015 collection.
Hillier and Bartley were the head designers for the much-loved Marc by Marc Jacobs line (RIP) for two years before the recent news that the brand would be discontinued. Apparently, the pair have been thinking of starting their own line for a while now. How else would they be able to begin showing pieces so quickly? While working together at a major brand like Marc Jacobs is probably the best experience you can gain in terms of dreaming up your own line, it's safe to say that Hillier Bartley will have a totally separate aesthetic from their former work.
The collection will feature ready-to-wear clothing and accessories, and, according to a press release, will include "velvet, silk, merino wool and shearling across tailoring, dresses and separates." All your basics covered, essentially. Oh, and according to Fashionista, it will be sold at a "luxury price point." That makes sense, given that just looking at Hillier and Bartley's individual outfits makes me feel like I'm wearing rags.
See what I mean? So much fanciness, so little time. Bartley described the collection as "about a woman our age, indie by heart, rakish and irreverent by nature, who is maturing into refinement and naturalness." See? Even the description sounds fancy. Even though the press release outlined the basics of the upcoming collection, there are, of course, some specific items we'd (OK, maybe just me) like to see from Hillier Bartley fall 2015. Ideas: a new 'It' bag, shirt dresses galore, and oversized, menswear-inspired coats. But I'd probably buy it all, let's be honest.
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