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IDRS Files #8: Deborah Roberts of Silvae

Illustration lends a highly specialized look to this designer's on-point, on-trend dresses and separates.

By Laura Cassidy and Kelsey Kaufman August 29, 2014

Deborah Roberts' line Silvae isn't new to readers of Seattle Met. We've used it in fashion features, and made sure you were aware of its arrival in local shops. But the IDRS Files are all about you getting to know the brand behind the brand, so let's go.

Deborah Roberts of Silvae, image courtesy the designer

A trademark of the Silvae line is the textile collaboration between Roberts and a local illustrator. The following images showcase the spring 2014 collection, one that, in the designer's words, "mixes shapes from nature, feminine silhouettes, and surreal fabric prints by Olivia Knapp."

Image courtesy Silvae; hair and makeup by Niko Weddle, model: Sydney Babcock


Image courtesy Silvae; hair and makeup by Niko Weddle, model: Sydney Babcock


Image courtesy Silvae; hair and makeup by Niko Weddle, model: Sydney Babcock

We love knowing what informs the designers in IDRS; Roberts says that for last spring's collection, her inspiration board was made up of images from Ernst Haeckel, Nick Knight, Pacific Standardmagazine. She was cool enough to share the collage with us, and you.

Silvae collage courtesy the designer

Finally, we asked Roberts who she'd like to see in her clothes. It may seem like a just-for-kicks kinda question, but it's a subject that carries a lot of weight.

In today's celeb-heavy social media circles, bold face names carry even more weight—and increasingly, they "carry" small and specialized designers. Media loans—in which designers work with stylists and marketing folks to get their goods on the right bods—yield excellent exposure.

And aside from that, this ideal customer piece allows for interesting insight into the design brain. Makers and crafters—and the media and others—do well to zero in early and often on their dream client. After all, if you don't know who you're designing for, you might well end up designing for ... no one.

Roberts says she values Chloe Sevigny for her "quirky and laid back fashion sense."

And Sophia Coppola because of "her effortless and well put together style."

Finally, Kate Bosworth would look cool in Silvae, because, "she always looks chic and isn't afraid to take risks."

Image via Russian Vogue


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