La Fille Colette
Ethically Made Day-to-Night Dresses
Based out of Boston, Colette Chrétien (designer & founder of La Fille Colette) creates sustainable dresses inspired by art movements. Playing with lines, shapes and colors, Colette designs that perfect dress you can wear to work AND a wedding. Wearing this particular dress, the Victoria, felt like slipping into a glove. While I'm usually not a fan of fitted garments (like most women), the fabric was extremely forgiving and comfy. This dress gave me confidence!
What was the inspiration behind the Fall/Winter 2015 collection?
I wanted to create a collection that is extremely versatile but has interesting details that make the dresses special and unique. Women have worn the same dress from this collection to work and to weddings, and that was my goal. Also, I find that versatility and sustainability can go hand in hand. When you have a small number of dresses that you can wear to just about everything, you don't have the same need to constantly keep buying new things. And in terms of the designs, the graphic shapes and bold color blocking are inspired by the op art movement.
Tell us a little bit about the fabrics used in this collection.
I used Ponte di Roma, which I find to be a really flattering, comfortable and low maintenance fabric that looks and feels luxurious. It's thick enough to hold you in, but it's not too constricting to move around in and wear all day. I also love that you can wash it, and that it's made in the US!
What is your design background?
My design background is rooted in fine art. For fashion specifically, I'm self-taught and have been designing and making dresses for myself since I was a teenager. I attended Tufts University for undergrad and I was enrolled in a dual-degree program with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Although I didn't take fashion design courses, I tried to incorporate fashion into my art as much as possible. I screen printed fabric that I made into bathing suits for a printmaking class, and I would paint from photographs of girls wearing my dresses for my oil painting class. It felt very fulfilling to be able to combine the fashion and the art side of things.