Being hugely impressed by Caron Hallahan’s Standard Finery collections, of which I talked earlier about here, I wanted to know more about the girl behind it. What she loves, how she spends her days and what is really inspiring her right now coming into her new collection, Spring 2011. I love the way you feel her personality feed through into her designs. Caron kindly took the time out of her busy schedule to answer a few of my questions, and has given us a visual reference of personal inspiration (above) that is driving her next season. Enjoy!
AnyOneGirl: Describe the ‘Standard Finery’ girl for us..
Caron Callahan: Smart, thoughtful, she likes fashion but doesn’t live by it. She’s subtle but passionate, involved, romantic, feminine without being girly. Classic
What are your current inspirations for your collection?
I’m working on Spring 2011 which is in the early stages. I’m looking at Billy Baldwin (the decorator!) interiors, chintz, nomadic lifestyles, Birkenstocks
What are you listening to right now?
NPR! Denis Wilson, The Six parts Seven, Nick Cave, I can listen to Kurt Vile’s “Blackberry Song” a couple times a day.
Describe your work place..
A total wreck. I use to work at Derek Lam where everyone kept neat desks. They would have put my desk in a closet if they could. Its semi-organized chaos; I really like having everything at my fingertips, minus the old coffee cups and gum wrappers.
Three things you love to do on a chill out day..
1. Coffee in bed with the newspaper or a book 2. long walks around Brooklyn with my man that usually end with 3. a Guinness in a pub.
Best things happening this year are…
So much -tough so say. Each new collection brings new and exciting possibilities for me. I’m working on a small e-commerce addition to the website. I really want to shoot the Spring 2011 lookbook on location again, so I’m excited about the search for the perfect spot.
We just got an early copy of the new David Mitchell book which I can’t wait to read- he is one of my favorite authors. His novels transport you to a different place in each chapter, and they really open my imagination.
Thanks you so much Caron! xx
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