When were your first thoughts about starting your own brand?
It happened very fluidly. I started creating pieces and I put them up on the Not Just A Label site and was then invited to do a show in Berlin so I put a collection together. Susie Bubble wrote about my collection, I got my first buyer and the Danish Fashion Council saw my collection and invited me to a show in Copenhagen where I got more stores. They also took on doing free PR for me there so before I knew it, I had a label.
Who are your main style influences? What national/international designers inspire you?
Not exactly who but mostly books, music, movies and wine-filled party nights, falling in love, falling out of love. All the usuals! My friends; I am lucky that my friends are wonderful sources, full of creativity and travel and adventure. Designer-wise, I like Marc Jacobs’ humour, old Saint Laurent, Chanel, Christopher Kane, Vionnet and Prada.
Who would you love to see your work styled on? Who is your favourite person who has worn your clothing?
I would like to dress Beyonce, Beatrix Ost, Tilda Swinton and Dolly Parton. My Grandmother.
Who are your favourite Irish fashion designers?
There is so much fresh Irish talent now, I don’t think there is a need for Irish designers to be defined using common denominators. I love Danielle Romeril, Sorcha O’Raghallaigh, Simone Rocha, Una Burke. Michael Stewart – a recent graduate I think is going to be one to watch.
What inspired your latest collection?
My Mother, the Sacred Heart, dreamy summer days and romance.
Who is the NATALIEBCOLEMAN woman? Who is your target customer?
The coolest girl in the room. My customer is elegant, confident and appreciates that her life is busy and she can throw on a NATALIEBCOLEMAN piece and feel immediately fabulous. She likes print, beautiful finish and a narrative.
What has been your career-defining moment so far?
What advice do you have for young designers starting out?
Get lots of experience, work for a designer, surround yourself with creative people and suck up as much culture and history and energy as possible. Also work on your uniqueness and know your market.
What does the future hold for the NATALIEBCOLEMAN brand?
Right now I am getting ready to shoot NATALIEBCOLEMAN SS15 ‘Be Still My Bleeding Heart’ with the fabulous Aisling Farinella styling and Conor Clinch shooting the collection. Also looking forward to presenting at LFW AND PFW.
I’m teaching a Fashion Design and Manufacturing course with LA College of Creative Arts Dublin which is really exciting, it is smack in the middle of South William Street and we have the most amazing sewing and pattern technicians teaching with us next year so it is evolving into one of the most exciting courses in Ireland. Also I have my amazing fashion friends popping in to give guest lectures so they are a lucky bunch. We just had Sorcha O’Raghallaigh in recently giving a Master Class in Illustration and Anna Vahey Faye in giving a class in innovative pattern making techniques so I am super excited about this new venture.
[There are] lots of other projects in the pipeline, I was involved with the film Love, Rosie, dressing Suki Waterhouse and models for a scene so thats out later this year and I am also working on a collaborative project with the Craft and Design Council.
Words: Emily Maree – www.intrigue.ie