Summer Collection Drop | Inspiration Behind the Fashion Designs

Hi everyone, it’s Emily! In March I dropped my Spring collection called Darling, and now I’m in the process of releasing the rest of the...
Summer Collection Drop | Inspiration Behind the Fashion Designs

Hi everyone, it’s Emily!

In March I dropped my Spring collection called Darling, and now I’m in the process of releasing the rest of the styles for summer. Today I’d like to go over each of the styles and talk about the inspiration, how I designed the pieces, and how I kept sustainability in mind. 

Also keep in mind I’m not releasing everything at once, so stay tuned for what is available on my site by following me on Instagram or signing up for my newsletter.

So let’s get started!

Olivia Top

linen top - summer fashion

The Olivia top is made from white, lightweight linen with a semi-transparent appearance, making this top suitable for cool summer nights or as a beach cover up. The breezy fabric and effortless silhouette is cut for balmy days and features pleats stemming from the yoke down to the waist. The Olivia top has a single button closure, deep V neckline, and a cuffed bishop style shirt sleeve with a hemline that grazes the hips. The Olivia top is versatile enough to pair with a straw beach bag and bikini or with your favorite jeans or the Elizabeth skirt

white summer top - Olivia top

Continuing with the idea of slow fashion through timeless and effortless styles, this collection champions the idea of barefoot glamour through sweet, feminine designs. With the Olivia Top, I wanted to capture the effortlessness that I always experience when I go to the beach - that feeling of ease and not really thinking too hard about what to wear. At least that’s how I feel at the beach. I wanted to make a piece that was versatile- you could wear it over a swimsuit or with a tank top and jean short. 

linen top - slow fashion

When designing this piece, I wanted to capture ease into the comfort of the piece. I included pleats around the bust for a comfy, roomy fit. Originally I made the Olivia Top sort of like an ankle length cover up, but it looked a little like a hospital gown, so I made the adjustment to make it a top. It’s all part of the process!

behind the scenes photoshoot - sustainable clothing

In order to incorporate sustainability into this piece, I made it from deadstock fabric. Using deadstock fabric supports a circular economy by upcycling old materials, so there are limited quantities available in this style. 

Bailey Jumpsuit

Bailey jumpsuit - comfy jumpsuit

Cut in Los Angeles from a Ponte di Roma knit blended for stretch and a flexible fit, the Bailey Jumpsuit has wide legs and an elegant ruffle at the shoulders that give the illusion of a slimmer waist. The pant legs end right where the ankle tapers for leaner looking legs and the slight V neckline elongates the figure. The bow detail in the back adds a touch of femininity. Transition yours from day to night by swapping chunky sandals for strappy heels.

ponte di Roma jumpsuit - designer fashion

This is my favorite piece. The fit is amazing and the fabric is so soft. It’s an elegant design but feels like pajamas! I wanted to make a summery jumpsuit that’s super wearable and easy to throw on. 

luxury fashion - elegant fashion

This garment is made from fabric that contains TENCEL™ branded Lyocell and Modal fibers, which is produced with sustainably sourced raw material wood using an environmentally responsible process. Each garment is made-to-order to prevent excess inventory and waste.

Carrie Dress

crepe dress - magenta dress

The Carrie Dress in silk fuchsia 4 ply crepe fabric has a cool, peekaboo cutout between the bust which makes the minimal style all the more alluring. It's designed for a close fit with princess seams in this eye-popping color but still provides full coverage for a classy and graceful entrance to any room. This vibrant dress needs little styling thanks to its simple yet striking silhouette with details like a ruffled collar. 

4 ply dress - slow fashion - deadstock fabric

This garment is made from deadstock fabric. Using deadstock fabric supports a circular economy by upcycling old materials in limited quantities. 

ruffle collar - high fashion

This style is another one of my favorites. I wanted to add in a dress that felt more premium and dressy and very luxurious. The Carrie dress is named after Carrie Bradshaw because of its bold, colorful statement and flirtatious silhouette. It definitely stands out against the rest of the collection. This piece was very difficult to make. The fabric is silky and is very difficult to cut. It’s slippery, which makes it drape beautifully, but it seems to change sizes as you cut into it because it shifts under the pattern. I felt like I was wrestling with it, but it did turn out! 

Gia Dress

cotton dress - peach dress

Finished by hand, the Gia Dress is cut from crisp cotton voile with asymmetrical ruffles that elongate the figure. This dress feels like summer with its vibrant, peachy-coral hue and light, breezy silhouette. It's held by slim spaghetti straps and features built in bra cups. This versatile piece works for a variety of occasions - wear the Gia midi dress for Sunday brunch, or slip it on for dinner with statement earrings and team it with lace-up sandals.  

ruffle dress - beach dress - slow fashion

This dress was inspired by what I would want to wear if I was going to a beach party. The cotton fabric makes it not too dressy, but the silhouette is pretty fancy. My favorite thing about it is the color. The peachy coral hue is to die for and looks flattering on absolutely everyone in my opinion! This is also deadstock fabric, so I can only make limited quantities.

high fashion - Emily Westenberger - voile dress

Phoebe Top

Phoebe top - blue stripe top

Epitomizing clean-lined femininity, the Phoebe Top is cut from crisp cotton daubed in contrasting blue and white pinstripes. This top is sleeveless with a slight V neckline, which beautifully elongates the figure and draws the eye to the nipped in waist. This soft cotton is cut with a contrasting gathered peplum hem for volume, so it will sit neatly over jeans or pants. It is fully lined at the bodice and constructed with princess seams for the perfect fit. Pair this timeless top with denim or the Ellie pant

cotton top - Parisian style

This cotton blue striped fabric just says summer to me. It’s the same fabric as the Marcy pant from my Spring drop. The beach and parisian style inspired this top. It’s cut from an easy breezy fabric but the silhouette is very chic. 

Claire Short

The Claire matching set feels and moves with ease. Cut from cotton matelassé for a looser silhouette, these shorts have front tucks for a comfortable fit - perfect for balmy summer days. These tailored bottoms sit at the natural waist for a flattering silhouette appropriate for a day outing or with heels and a blouse for a dinner date. Style the Claire Short with the Claire Top as a matching set or with a Coco Top and sandals. 

Claire Short - matching set

This garment is also made from deadstock fabric. It’s the same fabric as the Claire top. I wanted to make a matching set that was youthful and playful while still being appropriate for a woman. When designing this short I wanted it to feel like a shortened trouser. These are super wearable and versatile. You can totally dress them up with heels or wear them with flats to work. 

cotton matelasse short

That’s it for my summer drop! You can shop the styles here. I’m not releasing everything at once, so stay tuned by signing up for my newsletter or following me on Instagram!

Comment below if you’d like me to do more videos on my fashion designs. Subscribe to my channel and click the bell to get notified when I upload new videos every Friday. Thanks for watching and have a great day!

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What to watch next? 

Watch my video on my Spring Collection

Watch my video on Circular Fashion

Watch my video on the Making of my Eloise Dress

Watch my video on Slow Fashion

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