There’s something to be said about hope – it asks, ‘what is possible?’ For spring/summer 2019, Liam designer Emily Miller-Sharma presents Hopeful, the collection inspired by the beacons of hope in her family’s dress up box, and the beacons of hope she looks to today.
At first glance, Hopeful is upbeat in a welcoming way. Dive a little deeper and you’ll notice Miller-Sharma’s eye for storytelling and tailoring come to light. Woven into the collection are references to new beginnings and endless possibilities, from her grandmother’s wedding dress to her childhood school uniform, to the multitude of dress-up costumes.
From the box’s performance pieces, the costume cape’s gathered neckline inspires the Holiday Blouse, Dress and Skirt; these pieces pique interest, the gathered detail translated with witty, flattering effect. It’s also worth shining a spotlight on the box’s Character Skirt, the ric rac detailing remains a childhood love of Miller-Sharma’s. Playfully placed throughout the Peppy Skirt, Dress, Top and Pants made from European Flax®.
Named after the place where Miller-Sharma’s grandparents first met, the Club 555 poppy print is lively and electric: vibrant magenta poppies bring a burst of energy in a Shift Dress, Sleeveless Top, and Skirt. For the pared-back dressers, the Lucky Maxi Dress, Tank and Skirt in khaki silk are simple and every day. With the added bonus of the Club 555 and Lucky silk fibres traceable back to the silk farms, Liam takes a further step towards responsible dressing.
Elpis, the spirit of hope in Greek mythology, is envisioned through summery shades of taffy pink. Made from cupro, a regenerated cellulose fibre, the Elpis Blouse and Pantsuit are breezy pieces for the upcoming warmer weather. For a statement-making summer suit, choose the Elpis Blazer and Shorts in cerise pink. Equally vibrant is the First Day Wrap Dress, Tank, and wide leg Pant in teal blue cupro.
Hopeful comes at a time where we all need to focus on what is possible. These are the pieces to reassure, empower and spark hope.