designer q+a | Heidi Merrick | slideshow: Spring 2011 lookbook preview

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When I first met Heidi Merrick for an Apparel News interview (way back in 2006) she was strictly a dress designer. These dresses were beautiful and tailored to perfection. Today her line is anchored with some gorgeous dresses but it also includes a range of skirts, tops and pants—all of which are made for the chic + cool customers that have made Merrick a mainstay in their wardrobes. I’ve enjoyed watching Heidi’s line evolve to fit the needs of her own life over the years. It just so happens that the collections always seem to fit my lifestyle as well.

And now, for what you’ve all been waiting for, here’s what the uber-talented Ms. Heidi has to say about her latest designs for Spring 2011:

D~ What inspired this collection?

H~ “We’ve been working on some beautiful, intricate, natural fabrics and I really wanted to showcase exactly what an amazing fabric can do. The color palette was inspired by a photo from Paris Vogue of an artist’s studio. Something about the photo really hit me. The colors were alive and cold at the same time and there’s this red that you see often in art but not in clothes. That’s what started it, so I had our silks and the linings vegetable dyed to reflect that same feeling. They aren’t chemically treated and there’s a natural slub and I think it gives the fabrics a real earthen feel.”

D~ Where there any pieces carried over from fall 10 and updated?

H~ “We did a version of our Westerly and called it the Salon dress, it’s made with this amazing Japanese cotton that is light and sleek… Also carried over some of our best selling skirts, the Dossi and the Baroness.”

D~ Which styles are among your personal faves?

H~ “I can’t wait to wear our painter blouses. Also, the long skirt in nude is perfect. And the petticoat skirt is going to be my new signature.”

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