The Tamzin dress is a hero addition to our SS16 collection and one that holds a wealth of styling options. The creative behind the lace is in-house designer, Eva Haluszka, and we talk to her about what it takes to create one of the season’s most coveted fabrications.
Innately feminine and especially relevant in warmer climes, lace continues to hold its reputation for occasionwear perfection in SS16. With red letter days no doubt filtering into your summer calendar, there’s no better place to start prepping your wardrobe than with an iteration of this hero fabrication. We take a closer look at the lace in our SS16 collection, the inspiration behind it and how best to work it into your spring/summer wardrobe. Shop the SS16 lace pieces
Who or what inspired the lace for the Tamzin dress?
The imagery above is where the inspiration for this particular lace stemmed from. I love the layered effect of the Edward Steichene photograph and wanted to re-create it within the design that I came up with. In terms of technique and visuals, I looked to the work of illustrator Cath Riley who created this beautiful sketch.
What is the process from sketch to final product?
When creating a new lace, I gather the inspirational imagery needed and start sketching and painting, playing around with designs to create something unique for Reiss. Once I had seen the silhouette of the Tamzin dress I was able to visualise what was needed. I started with a basic flower and leaf shape and worked on a few different variations before deciding on the direction that I wanted to take with it. I then sent it to production for a sample, re-worked it and made small alterations before sending it off a second time and getting the final sample back.
By taking the main elements of the finalised design and piecing them together in different ways, I was able to create four different iterations of the same lace. I then experimented with scale which allowed me to layer the pieces atop one another and create depth and interest at various points of the dress.
By pinning the hand-drawn paper pattern onto the toile of the dress, I was able to perfect the placements. In the case of the Tamzin, the silhouette is so simple that the focus is majorly on the lace. This allowed me to be really creative when it came to design. By layering the pieces quite heavily at the shoulders and decreasing the intensity closer to the knee it created a flattering and feminine design.
What are you working on now?
I’m mostly finishing off AW16 designs now. The lace has a slightly different nature, as summer laces tend to be more open and silhouettes are lighter, so designs have to be created from scratch each season.
When it comes to wedding season, a lace dress like the Tamzin will make for a traditional option, so keep the look soft from head to toe and opt for accessories in delicate nude shades. A longline blazer in cream or pale pink draped lightly over your shoulders will remain in keeping with the overall look and offer an optional cover-up if needed.
Taking a more contemporary approach to the same dress is simple and fuss free, so if the nature of a classic wedding guest look, for example, is out of your comfort zone, there are ways to put a personal spin on it to ensure you feel comfortable on the day. Try adding a fluid jacket or a lightweight trench. Head-to-toe neutrals will reference the seasonal trends but more classic shades like navy or burgundy will toughen pretty lace. Add statement heels in soft suede and a metallic clutch for optimum impact.