Meet Jacksonville, Florida raised designer Erin Healy. We rub elbows with the designer before Miami Beach International Fashion Week.
What inspires your collections? My designs are nature-inspired and feature deep, unique textures. In this most recent collection you will find my inspiration came from the 1920's revival period featuring laces, feathers and lots of headpieces. Fashion in the '20s represented the most significant leap in terms of changing looks, going from the laced-up, corseted and bustled look of the Victorian era to the shortened hemlines, dropped waists and Art Deco-inspired look. Throughout history, women had always been covered from head-to-toe. Fashion found freedom in the '20s.
What is your perception of Miami Beach International Fashion Week? Miami Beach International Fashion Week is important to me because it gives me and my team a platform to have our talent seen worldwide. Plus, I always come home inspired and excited to get started on the next collection. All the great designers, plus the beaches, the buildings, the mix of cultures, that whole South Florida vibe is creatively invigorating.
You’ve shown your collections at MBIFW in the past, do you feel the results are worth coming back year after year? Absolutely. Each time I've shown at Miami Beach International Fashion Week, I've made new connections that have led to high-end boutique buys in multiple markets across the U.S.
Who are your design heroes? Coco Chanel and Catherine Malandrino. I love Chanel's chic simplicity and timeless look. Malandrino's designs have an elegant, yet edgy look.