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Designer to Watch – Danielle Romeril

Buzzworthy Irish designer Danielle Romeril cut her teeth at Sharon Wauchob in Paris, Alberta Ferretti in Italy, and Sinha-Stanic in London. Since the successful launch of her own line in 2012 she has garnered the support of NEWGEN and Topshop.

What has been inspiring you this season?

The collection is inspired by a wild camping trip I took in the Wicklow mountains in Ireland, while gathering firewood to cook my breakfast I imagined a girl gang living in the wilderness in and idyllic summer. They live ‘off grid’ and fish for their supper. It’s about self sufficiency & independence. There is lots of utilitarian references evident in the clothes and there is a very defined silhouette which is something new for me!

What is the theme of the collection?

“Wild Thing”

What defines your design aesthetic?

Vibrant, sporty meets feminine womenswear with a focus on exciting textiles.

What are some must-have pieces in the collection?

An oversized shirt jacket- in a woven camo cotton & lace.

What are the key colours and fabrics?

Khaki green, lizard green and sun bleached blue is the colour palette I’ve focused on. The fabrics are a high shine tight weave cotton that looks like a leather, a really loose cotton that is woven to look like a camo. There is some beautiful heavy cotton lace from Sophie Halette and then the fabrics we make ourselves – our own camo made of many layers of organza, different laces & silks which overlap creating new textures, they are then all bonded together with a thermoplastic film which has a high-tech sporty feeling to it all.

Who are your five favourite people/brands to follow on Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr?

I’m very excited about the new Dover Street Market account- to celebrate there 10th birthday, Natalie Joos is great and so is Grimes, I love following Julie Verhoeven – such fun & original output from my ex tutor and of course Susie Lau.


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