Up-and-coming luxury designer Erin Barr may only have debuted her first collection this past spring, but that doesn’t mean she’s lacking in experience. Before getting her start in fashion design, Barr was already a veteran in the industry. Observing masters from behind the scenes certainly helped her learn the ropes before she hit the drawing board herself, and it shows in her latest collection for Fall 2012.
Barr, a Wisconsin native, began her career as a hair and makeup artist after graduating from the prestigious Aveda Institute in Minneapolis. Her career in beauty brought the New York City transplant to the fashion mecca of our country. She worked for three years at top salons and doing hair and makeup for editorial shoots, gaining a celebrity clientele along the way. “I think doing hair and makeup really helped me to see the whole picture from head-to-toe,” Barr told The Fashion Informer of getting her start in the business. “But fashion design allows me to be creative from head-to-toe.” So the hair stylist-turned-couture guru looked to London, where she studied fashion design at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, and then back to New York, where she finished up at Parson’s.
Her recent collections prove that Barr is putting her creative energy to good use. She made her debut on the runway for Spring 2012, with a line titled “An American Tomboy in Paris.” Her goal with that collection was to contrast laid-back American ease against classically chic French sexiness. The line was well-received by critics, and now Barr is getting ready for her Fall/Winter collection to hit stores in September.
The inspiration for Fall 2012 is the idea of an angel who has “fallen to the Earth and is stuck in purgatory on the Boardwalk,” Barr explained to TFI. Contrasts of hard versus soft, dark versus light, and girlie versus tomboy contribute to the overall look of this line, which will appear on the catwalk for Barr’s first-ever New York Fashion Week show in September. Within the collection we see her experiment with new lux materials like lace while also achieving the same laid-back ease as her Spring collection. The range of materials used in the line explains the flux in item prices, which range from $138 to $1,595.
To view the full collection, visit ErinBarr.com.
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