Whether she’s sipping a French 75 at a lawn party or playing fetch with her dog, designer Danielle Rollins cuts an elegant figure, thanks in part to the retro-chic silhouettes she favors. Now, Rollins is merging her passion for fashion with her fondness for classic fabrics in a new collaboration with Brunschwig & Fils. Here, Luxe catches up with the creative multitasker.
How did the collaboration come about?
I’ve always loved companies that preserve craftsmanship and tradition, and Kravet, who owns Brunschwig & Fils, does that, which is why I’ve always had an affinity for the brand. I debuted a collection of clothing made out of Liberty of London prints in 2017. So, when a regional Brunschwig & Fils showroom approached me about doing a pop-up shop, I knew I wanted to use some of their iconic fabrics, such as Le Zebre, to illustrate my love of interiors and fashion.
Your pieces are named after legendary designers and hostesses, such as Dorothy Draper and Lilly Pulitzer. What is it about these grand dames that continues to inspire?
Each of them had such a strong sense of identity in the way they lived and the way they dressed. One of the hardest things is to remain true to yourself when everything in the media is telling you to change. I like that each of these women had an inner style compass.
Describe the collection.
We made three jackets and two different clutches in the Le Zebre and the Verel de Belval prints. The insides of the jackets are lined with Liberty of London fabric for a quirky, custom touch. Next, we’re doing caftans for summer. Personally, it’s what I want to wear in the Atlanta heat.
So, then, do you tend to design with yourself in mind?
Absolutely. I’m always searching for those elusive staples that are missing from my closet. How many times do you find an item of clothing you love, then the designer pivots creatively, and you can’t find it anymore?
I was looking for a more masculine approach to dressing. Men have it so easy–they find a pant they like and it’s there every single season. The pieces in this collection are meant to be flattering and kept in your wardrobe season after season.
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