Who started it? Fashion insiders should be familiar with the founders, British designers Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley. Accessories designer Hillier graduated in fashion from the University of Westminster while Bartley attended Central Saint Martins. The duo first worked together in 1999, on Bartley’s label, Luella. Hillier went on to consult for various brands including Marc by Marc Jacobs, Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney and Loewe. In 2013, the pair were reunited as creative directors at Marc by Marc Jacobs, until the label shuttered a few seasons later. In autumn-winter 2015 they joined forces once again to launch their own brand, Hillier Bartley.
Why we love it: Hillier Bartley pays tribute to the personal style of both designers, so the clothes are feminine and elegant, but still display their love for all things indie. The result is a collection of contrasts that combine perfectly – highbrow fashion merges with pop culture and street style while masculine staples, such as tuxedo jackets, are given a feminine update. The collection is given an added luxe factor through high-quality fabrications (satins and jacquards are created by traditional English silk weavers while tailoring is done at Savile Row).
The spring-summer collection is inspired by David Bowie but, rather than reference his androgynous looks, they have channelled the late pop icon’s cool, louche attitude. Cue double-breasted jackets with hand-applied fringing, Victoriana-style blouses, tie-bottom trousers, velvet slip dresses and long gowns in gold lame that bring to mind old world aristocrats living in the 21st century.
What we’d pick: the track jacket with striped embroidery (above right; HK$12,900) fits in with spring’s athleisure vibe while the satin draped back top (above left; HK$19,900) is part kitsch, part old Hollywood glamour. Exclusive to Hong Kong are the 1980s blue tweed blazer with fringing (top left; HK$23,300) and matching wide legged trousers (top right; HK$11,900).
Where can you get it? Hillier Bartley is available at Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central.