LATASHA HALL, the Philly-born and raised fashion designer of LILLIE DESIGNS. In 2001, Hall created Lillie Designs by paying homage to her late grandmother, Lillie whom she believes to have been ‘the perfect strong woman with a classic sense of style’ in her life.
“Lillie is dedicated to creating clothes that are sophisticated, yet edgy and for women who aren’t afraid to be who they are,” said Hall. Sophisticated + Edgy are two words that describe her creations completely. After style surfing on Instagram, I landed on her page to find some very unique gowns, creative photo shoots and a layout of her dresses in Vogue Italia – a feature of this brand was a no-brainer because I was impressed.
Row A Seat 1 finally caught up with the lady behind the feathers, organza and silk pieces of Lillie Designs, and she is one busy bee, but it was indeed worth the wait. Take a moment to get familiar with another dope designer who’s making her dreams happen one client after another.
Row A Seat 1: When did you fall in love with fashion?
Latasha Hall of Lillie Designs: I’ve always had a fond love for fashion, but I think the first time that I truly fell in love was when I went to see Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty at the Met. His clothes were absolutely breathtaking, the craftsmanship and the fabrications were beautiful.
Row A Seat 1: Lillie Designs is…
Latasha: Lillie provides a vast array of avant-garde evening wear and wedding gowns that require a keen eye to appreciate intricate hand work and dedication that goes into each piece.
At Lillie, we strive to create an intimate experience where every gown is unique to the client. Our gowns are hand sewn in our Philadelphia-based studio crafted from the finest laces, silks and embroidered appliqués. Our One-On-One design approach allows our clients to create the look of their dreams for the most important events in their lives. The Lillie woman is feminine and elegant, yet effortless.
At Lillie, we strive to create an intimate experience where every gown is unique to the client. Our gowns are hand-sewn in our Philadelphia-based studio crafted from the finest laces, silks and embroidered appliqués. Our One-On-One design approach allows our clients to create the look of their dreams for the most important events in their lives. The Lillie woman is feminine and elegant, yet effortless.
Row A Seat 1: Latasha, what inspired you to start designing these whimsical bridal gowns?
Latasha: My whimsical style approach for my wedding gowns starts from the fabric. I love to choose gorgeous lightweight silks and turn them into something beautiful.
Row A Seat 1: Tell me about the most ‘over-the-top’ moment you’ve experienced for a wedding dress.
Latasha: My biggest wedding gown was my friend Porscher’s gown. It was created from 100 yards of silk organza and 200 yards of horsehair braid with each hand cut and ruffled to her detachable train. The entire front of her gown was over 80 hours of hand beading. Her gown was our favorite!
Row A Seat 1: I saw a picture of the late great Oscar de la Renta on your Instagram page, how has he inspired you as a designer?
Latasha: Of course, Oscar is a huge inspiration! His couture detailing and gorgeous choice of fabrics are to die for.
Row A Seat 1: So far, which gowns have been your favorite to create? Why?
Latasha: My favorite was our last collection. We used so many hand techniques to create beautiful shapes and textures.