Designer Hillary Taymour is all about human interaction. In a world currently obsessed with social media and on-the-surface relationships, there’s almost nothing human about it anymore, even in fashion. To counter this, Taymour founded her brand, Collina Strada, in the hopes of reaching out to people via clothing. In fact, there’s something quite poignantly personal about her Pre-Fall 2019 collection, from the silhouettes she incorporated to the fabric manipulation techniques she used. At first glance, the most eye-catching of looks were definitely the tye-dye items, be it a t-shirt or a cocktail dress. In previous years, tye-dye conveyed a sense of DIY that was both intimate and personal, and such a feeling is what Taymour probably wanted to evoke this season. Casual streetwear is ultimately this brand’s forte, what with the cycling shorts, freeform frocks, and oversized hoodies. This also works for her narrative this season—shining a light on what real people wear beyond the facade of a social media post. Consequently, it’s refreshing to note that there are still designers out there, like Taymour, who value fashion as a harbinger of change than just a mere money-making business.
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Photo: Soraya Zaman / Courtesy of Collina Strada