Behind the Stargazing Edit: An Interview with Print Designer Lillie

One of our favourite parts of being in the countryside is looking up at the sky on a clear night and seeing the stars twinkling back at us. These moments provide a little calm in a busy world and lots of joy too, which we’ve lovingly captured in our new Stargazing Edit.

We sat down with Print Designer, Lillie, to hear about the story behind the collection.


What inspired the Stargazing Edit?

The stargazing collection was inspired by the autumn season, in particular, fireworks night – a highlight of the year for me. Our multi star print (on the Elvina shirt and Cassidy dress) is on a navy ground, mimicking the night sky with pops of colour to give the impression of fireworks and shooting stars. The collection was also designed at the very beginning of the first lockdown; I’d never designed a print in my kitchen before!

How did you choose the colours for the prints?

As the evenings start to darken, we like to create a cheery colour palette for our winter and festive collections to bring some lightness and brightness into our customer’s wardrobe. This year, we called our Christmas palette ‘Merry and Bright’. It features easy-to-wear base colours like navy and tan, with an autumnal red, lilac pink, a cheery green and a flash of lemon yellow. Our senior designer, Jo, really loved the colours in the new Little Women film, so created that a palette inspired by some of the character’s outfits.

What techniques did you use to create the print?

We use a lot of different disciplines to create our prints – some begin as paintings, lino cuts or drawings, and others are reworks of prints from our vintage archive. This one was created using Illustrator. I drew the elements on my laptop which gives it a clean, crisp style. I generated lots and lots of colour ways before deciding on our favourites.

Which piece in the collection is your favourite?

My particular favourite is the red stripe stargazing harbour top. It’s really pleasing when you can utilise the print to create different borders and layouts across our products.


Thank you Lillie for telling us all about the new collection!

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