[Michele] I LOVE the pictures of the hot young plus-model from Ford Models, Crystal Renn, that you used exclusively for your 'Spring 2006 Look Book' Anna! Anything you want to share about your collection for spring 2006?
[Anna] Could you please credit Alfred Bailey (www.alfredbailey.com) for the photographs??
[Michele] I know that your worldly travels are important to your design themes season after season -- what inspired you this season?
[Anna] Spring/Summer 2006 is a very oriental collection. The main print of the collection is taken from a vintage Japanese kimono and put into modern shapes.
Very successful were wrap dresses, and baby doll tops. We have taken Japanese heron embroideries for denim and t- shirts , and have a great utility/safari group of olive and turquoise linens teamed with delicate leopard silk chiffons. Dresses and suits come with a 50's twist.
[Michele] How long have you been designing for all sizes with your collection?
[Anna] Since I started my company 10 years ago (can't believe it is that long ), but I have always believed in a non-sizist philosophy and wanted to bring style, glamour and luxury to women of all sizes. What is new for us for Spring/Summer 2006 is that we have gone away from our double sizing ( sizes 1 - 4 ) and are now offering the whole collection in sizes 8 -24.
[Michele] What's your color palette this spring?
[Anna] Teal blue and turquoise, coral, mushroom and black