Finally… it’s here! I’ve been working on the Spring Range since the beginning of the year, so I’m so happy to finally be able to share it with you! Today I thought I would take you through each of the four collections that make up this season’s range, and give you a bit of an insight into what goes into putting them together!
Sooo, in alphabetical order (because I don’t have favourites!):
THE FABLE COLLECTION
This collection is new for 2019! Choosing between my collections is kind of like choosing between my children, but I will say that I have a bit of a soft spot for this one, because I really don’t think there is anything else similar available.
The Fable Collection is made from wire structures which are then set in a coloured film. For the spring season, I’ve predominantly used opaque pastel colours, which create a finish similar in look to porcelain. However, scattered throughout the range you will also come across some deeper translucent colours, which produce a finish that reminds me of a stained glass window.
To create a flower for the Fable Collection, I need to shape the individual petals from wire, set them in the film, and then join them together to form the complete flower. The most extravagant piece in the Fable Collection this season requires 108 petals, and is definitely the most time consuming design in the Spring Range! In order to offer some lower price points within the Fable Collection, I’ve included designs which feature circles and leaves, as opposed to flowers. This eliminates the need to create multiple petals to form one flower, and cuts down the make-time by quite a bit! These designs are also a great option if you’re not into florals ;)
THE FLORENCE COLLECTION
This was the first collection I ever launched, and I still get a great response from it every year. This season the collection has been updated to feature more designs which wrap closely around the head, some alternatives to florals, and several new colours.
The Florence Collection consists of leather headpieces, which often offer a nice contrast when worn with a more ‘feminine’ outfit.
To make a piece for the Florence Collection, I begin by stiffening a hide of leather, which helps it to hold its shape. I then trace and cut the required design. Quite often this will be a flower outline in incrementing sizes, which will eventually be layered together. The next step is to heat and shape each layer using a soldering iron, which brings the flower to life and makes it three dimensional. Finally, the layers of the flower are joined together on a wire stem, which can then be attached to a headband.
There are so many colours available in the Florence Collection this year, with more available upon request. Don’t hesitate to get in touch to request a custom piece in your own unique colour combo!
THE GARLAND COLLECTION
The Garland Collection was a new addition to the range last spring, and I couldn’t have been happier with the way it was received! I actually wasn't sure how I was going to top it this year, until I stumbled across the most amazing and unique new embellishments. This spring the collection has a strong focus on gold, and includes a number of ‘whimsical’ designs to sit alongside the more traditional ones.
The Garland Collection is made by stitching embellishments on to a headband. The first step is to wrap a metal headband in a padding, followed by a gold fabric. Each of the embellishments are then hand-sewn on to the padding, before a final layer of gold fabric is wrapped around the headband to ensure the finish is perfect.
This year there are some truly unique designs in the Garland Collection, including some embellishments which have been manufactured exclusively for Derby & Power!
THE WATERLOO COLLECTION
And finally, the Waterloo Collection! This collection was also new to the range last spring, and this year I have brought in an additional two colours which really round the range out.
The Waterloo Collection is made from a malleable sheet metal (which looks ah-mazing in the sunlight!). Similar to the Florence Collection, the Waterloo Collection involves me tracing and cutting incremental layers from the metal, which then need to be scored into shape, before being layered on a wire stem to produce the end result.
I think leaf designs come up especially well using this material, so the Waterloo Collection has lots of good options if you’re wanting to move away from florals!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the design process of each of the collections! It’s always nice to know a little bit about where your purchases are coming from ;)
Here’s to a fabulous spring ahead – I hope you love the new range!